Hey guys, With the passing Earth day this week I thought we could discuss environmental policies and climate change. In some of my other posts, we talk about specific officials who have climate policy ideas, but we have yet to talk about what climate change is and what we can do to stop it. Global Warming or climate change is a gradual increase in the overall temperature of the earth’s atmosphere generally attributed to the greenhouse effect caused by increased levels of carbon dioxide, chlorofluorocarbons, and other pollutants. Many scientists have theorized that we only have until 2030 to prevent catastrophic consequences. So what are our politicians doing to avoid it you may ask? Trump’s administration has sought to increase fossil fuel use and scrap many environmental regulations which he has referred to as impediments to business. This is very different from what Obama’s administration did: prioritized the reduction of carbon emissions through the use of clean, renewable energy. This shift has angered lots, and many hope to reverse it back with a new president in the 2020 election. Individual states have different needs like Florida has too much water and California not enough, but the overall consensus of Democrats is to prevent climate change in any way they can. Though Trump heads the Republican Party at the moment who thinks Climate change is a hoax, the party as a whole supports Bush’s Clear Skies proposal asking for a reduction in power plant emissions. What do you guys think? Does something need to be done about climate change or are we doing fine as it is? Comment or email your opinion.
Till next time,