America prides itself in being a “leader for the world”. It is absurd to think we should lead the world in military operations and “nation building” but it is not within our power to affect national or international environmental law or policy. Congress should take a proactive role in working with scientists in resolving the national problems and work with the President and internationally in resolving global issues which are contributing to climate change. We should implement policies which encourage the use of renewable energy, support wind & solar industries, and enact legislation much like the New Deal to invest in clean energy. Additionally, we should reserve any and all subsidies which promote unclean energy while providing job training and transitioning for those employed by the oil and gas industries.
In my opinion, what is the worst that is going to happen if we clean up the planet? We’ll have a clean planet to leave for future generations; that does not sound like a bad idea.