Our very existence on this planet is threatened by policies that amount to blatant ignorance of the facts of climate change. Our EPA secretary is a climate change denier. One of the first things Donald Trump did when he took office was to roll back the clean power plan. Congress, including our current representative, rolled back protections that protected our water supply. This very much affects our district. Coal ash contamination has made eating fish from the Catawba River and Lake Wylie inadvisable. Residents with wells near the Allen Steam Plant in Belmont are having to drink bottled water because of high levels of hexavalent chromium, a toxic chemical associated with coal ash. This past year, our Western counties experienced historic wildfires due to drought conditions, droughts that can be linked to climate change.

We cannot have a federal government that denies human-caused climate change. The science is settled on the topic. We must take MAJOR steps to ensure future generations have a habitable planet on which to live. We are already seeing signs of permanent changes to our ecosystems. Our very existence is threatened. But, we have the ability to make positive changes to slow or even reverse the damage if we have the political will.

Green energy is a jobs producer, whereas the fossil fuel energy sector is shedding jobs at historic rates. We must encourage the use of wind and solar and enable our people to innovate ways to meet our energy needs. The changes we make today can and will produce positive economic impacts that will put folks back to work and fuel a strong economy. We need leaders in Washington with the vision to make the world a healthier, cleaner place.

NASA: Causes for Climate Change

Human Contribution to Climate Change