Every American should be aware that we are at a unique moment when it comes to climate change. Last June, the House of Representatives passed legislation aimed at curtailing global warming pollution for the first time. The Senate is now considering versions of a similar bill. They all include the elements that need to be part of any effective and sustainable legislation, such as long‑term emissions limits, effective cost‑management tools and strong incentives for the development of efficient energy technologies.
We have a unique opportunity to confront climate change and spur the growth of a clean energy economy. I urge our government to seize this moment and lead America to reduce pollution, invest in energy efficiency, and create green jobs.
With collaboration from our government’s leadership and a strong public interest in favor of clean energy, we can reduce our dependence on foreign oil and limit the effects of global warming. We as a nation have a chance to be innovative leaders in new technologies to reduce carbon emissions and develop alternative energy infrastructure. This will be a necessity in the future for the U.S. and the rest of the nations around the world. Making climate change, energy efficiency and new economic opportunities priorities now will benefit future generations greatly.
There are no excuses when it comes to our planet’s future. This Congress, and this generation, will be judged by the action we take or fail to take. We need to show the courage and resolve issues related to climate change. This needs to be a primary item on our government’s agenda.
If we act now, we have an opportunity to show global leadership on this issue and spur the growth of a clean energy economy. If we do nothing, we must prepare for another era of dependence on foreign oil and many other consequences.
We can no longer overlook or ignore the subsequent consequences of a “business as usual” approach to these climate and energy related issues. I urge our Senators to take action and all Americans to make their voice heard on this matter, regardless of their viewpoints. The time has come for the science and solutions regarding climate change to be at the center of our national conversation.
It’s time to define our decade as students and as a human race.
Adam J. Brown