Climate change is one of the biggest crises of our time. The entire American population is in the line of fire when it comes to the drastic effects of climate change. So why won't lawmakers address climate change and its effects on our society?
Just last month, our very own Senator Rob Portman teamed up with Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) to propose bipartisan legislation that would enact a national energy efficiency strategy that:
Boosts private sector investment in building efficiency upgrades by expanding the Department of Energy Loan Guarantee program.
Helps manufacturers reduce energy use and become more competitive by working with states to establish a revolving loan program to help finance efficiency upgrades.
Provides standards on outdoor lighting, residential heating and cooling systems, residential appliances, and other appliance products based on agreements between manufacturers and efficiency advocates.
Works with states to strengthen national model building codes, to make new homes and commercial buildings more energy efficient.
Requires the federal government - the single largest energy user in the country - to adopt energy saving techniques for computers, saving energy and taxpayer dollars, and adopt better building standards and smart metering technology.
This bill will increase the nation's competitiveness in the global economy, as well as cut energy use and save taxpayers' money. While this is a great start to legislation addressing energy efficiency and reducing costs, we cannot afford to continue overlooking the fact that many of our leaders on Capitol Hill still deny the issue of climate change and global warming.
Without acknowledgment that climate change has catastrophic effects on our society and offering a solution, this bill falls short of being adequate. Portman and Shaheen's bill only addresses the issue of global warming in the short term, with no real solution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the burning of fossil fuels (among others) that continue to change our climate and affect our society. We need members of Congress to accept the reality of climate change and work to address this issue.
-- Gabrielle Jackson, Warren