Heading into the July 4th celebration of America’s independence got me thinking about when it comes to huge challenges we’ve faced as a nation, we have a rich and storied history of aspirational spirit and belief in what we, together, can accomplish…
When President Obama recently announced his Climate Action Plan, the opposition rallied behind continuing to burn, as much coal as we can get our hands on, saying anything short of that will surely cripple the economy. It’s kind of like when the seat belt laws were being discussed back in the ’70s and ’80s and the naysayers said it would ruin the auto industry. America figured it out. Nothing was ruined. Lives were saved.
A predominance of scientific evidence links climate change directly to fossil fuel pollution. Impacts such as extreme weather abound — oceans rise, food sources are at risk and all around the world it contributes to instability. And then there’s that economic hit of more than $100 billion and counting. Additionally, public health implications associated with climate change carry an enormous human and financial consequence. I ask myself, what specifically isn’t clear?
Could it be, as they chest-thump their patriotic credentials, that some of those leaders in Washington have given up on American’s ability to rise to the occasion? I’ve come to believe that they’re simply out of touch with the ingenuity of average Americans and innovative leaders all across the country — who thankfully decided years ago not to wait for DC.