Renewable Energy Will Help Us More Than Trump's Hot Air

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Tell the President to restore funding to renewable energy projects, and start brightening the future instead of burning it.


Our planet is experiencing climate change as a direct result of human activity. There is no doubt about that, but plenty of data to back it up. Researchers from NASA, NOAA, and countless scientific journals have been offering hard evidence for years. 

 

Tragically, this evidence has been spurned many, not the least of which is President Donald Trump, who has proposed one of the biggest budget cuts to environmental protections and renewable energy projects in American history.

"They can cut the funding, but climate change is real and we're going to have to deal with it," Chris McEntee, director of the American Geophysical Union told NPR [1]. "Slashing this kind of funding is not going to assist in building the resiliency to climate and the impacts of climate change that this country needs."

The race to produce clean, renewable energy is one of the greatest issues facing the modern world, with our population only increasing more rapidly each year, while our remaining resources only deplete. To the Trump Administration, as put by White House budget director Mick Mulvaney, it's "a waste of your money." Trump's proposed budget cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Energy, State and Treasury departments would leave our federal government helpless to fight climate change in any meaningful way.

A report in Time [2] outlining Trump's 31 percent proposed cut to the EPA maintains that climate programs would likely be the first to go. And owing to Trump's absurd coal lust, the Clean Power Plan implementation former President Barack Obama rolled out in 2015 would be completely dismantled.

Using data from the Department of Energy, The New York Times [3] illustrated not only the advantages of shifting to renewable energy-based economy, but the amount of jobs that would be created by those projects, far outnumbering the dwindling prospects of coal. Out of 1.9 million jobs active in the energy industry in 2016, renewable energy sources topped 750,000, while coal only provided around 160,000.

The proposed budget cuts will put our country decades behind when it comes to combating climate change and providing a safe and sustainable future, and at the rate our environment is changing, we can't lose any more time.

"It's terrible from the perspective of having any concern at all about climate change," Andrew Light, a senior fellow at the World Resources Institute's climate program and a professor at George Mason University, told NPR. 

Sign to tell President Trump, the Office of Management and Budget, and the House and Senate Committees On The Budget to roll back this targeted attack on the agencies that fight climate change and promote clean, renewable energy. 

[1] Nell Greenfieldboyce (2017, March 16) Trump's Budget Slashes Climate Change Funding. Retrieved April 28, 2017 from http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/16/520399205/trumps-budget-slashes-climate-change-funding

[2] Justin Worland (2017, March 16) President Trump’s Proposed Budget Is a Blow to Fighting Climate Change. And It’s Not Just the EPA. Retrieved April 28 2017 from http://time.com/4703569/trump-budget-epa-climate-change/

[3] Nadja Popovich (2017, April 25) Today’s Energy Jobs Are in Solar, Not Coal. Retrieved April 28, 2017 from https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/04/25/climate/todays-energy-jobs-are-in-solar-not-coal.html

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The Petition:

Dear President Trump, the Office of Management and Budget, and the House and Senate Committees On The Budget,

There is no excuse of the shortsightedness of your proposed budget cuts to the departments and programs that protect our nations most precious resources, combat climate change, and advocate for clean, sustainable energy.

One in government need not look far to find compelling and supported evidence that manmade climate change is not only real, but an imminent threat to the people of earth. Both NASA and NOAA offer substantial reports on how climate change is effecting our planet, and your proposed budget cuts not only deny this trend, but ensure its exacerbation.

Using data from the Department of Energy, The New York Times recently illustrated not only the advantages of shifting to renewable energy-based economy, but the amount of jobs that would be created by those projects, far outnumbering the dwindling prospects of coal. Out of 1.9 million jobs active in the energy industry in 2016, renewable energy sources topped 750,000, while coal only provided around 160,000.

Where the world's countries once looked to the United States for innovative leadership, and a plan for a more sustainable future, your current policies are chipping away at that respect far more effectively than the coal you so myopically champion.

I truly hope this letter resonates with you, as the leaders of the greatest country on earth, and that you roll back this targeted attack on the agencies that fight climate change and promote clean, renewable energy.

Sincerely,

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