Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass) and charismatic up-and-comer Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) have introduced a joint resolution that’s getting mixed responses from business leaders. As unstoppable forest fires destroy parts of California and destructive hurricanes ravage the East Coast, it was only a matter of time before issues related to the environment and climate change featured prominently in politics.
The 14-page House Resolution 109 outlines ways to combat climate change on multiple fronts. If passed, these would include new government programs and policies as well as expanding public transportation and renewable energy.
The Green New Deal Brings Hope to Many
Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA) took a positive stance on the potential changes: “I am pleased that House Democrats are finally taking steps after 10 years of inaction to address this urgent crisis.”
Denny Royce, Vice President of Sales for Moxie Solar in North Liberty, agreed with Rep. Loebsack. He told TV9 that “Our earth is in dire need of getting stuff done and I think this is the way to do it.”
A need for renewable energy would financially benefit companies like Moxie, and it will also have an overall positive impact on the environment. Royce acknowledged the challenges that will come with the plan. This ambitious effort by lawmakers is supposed to move the United States toward a society that is 100% green within the next decade.
Does Going Green Really Matter?
Many experts and scientists claim that there is no denying our impact on the environment. Ecological disasters continue to take lives and destroy communities around the world. A heat wave in the northern hemisphere killed hundreds from Canada to Japan last year. California wildfires turned over a million acres to ash, forcing thousands of people out of their homes.
A record 16 weather disasters were recorded in the United States in 2017 alone. Those incidents amounted to a combined cost of approximately $306 billion.
Renewable energy may not solve all the Earth’s problems, but it is a big step in the right direction. As weather-related disasters continue to strike, we may be running out of time to make changes necessary for survival. A fact that is sparking discussion among citizens across the U.S.
The 2016 general election debates did not include a single question about climate change. However, it looks like the 2020 debates may be different with climate change taking center stage.
Renewable Energy Means Green Jobs
Royce explained that there is an economic upside to going green. The effort will create new jobs in Iowa. That means more opportunities for local people to start a career that is just as sustainable as the power that they would help generate and distribute.
According to Royce, going 100% green is a tough goal, but renewable energy companies like Moxie are ready to help the country achieve it. If you have questions about the proposed changes or green living, let us know.