By Lawrence Pei
In this modern political climate, much of the future is placed in the hands of our elected officials. Among the recent hot issues in politics right now includes climate change and what steps, if any, we need to take to in order to save our planet and ensure our survival.
Many believe that political action is needed so that citizens can take drastic measures to conserve the environment. Among these are supporters of the Green New Deal proposed by New York’s 14th district representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
The Green New Deal seeks to eliminate carbon by-products by way of investments in clean energy and infrastructure due to new statistics from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which states that humans have around ten years in order to save our planet. With such new statistics, political action will lead to a shift on our future both in good and in bad. As we begin to adapt to the destruction of our world, actions taken now would force a change in lifestyle, one in which we give up our goals and ambition of modernization.
On the flip side of the coin, many such as our current president Donald Trump, believe that climate change is not real and that we do not need to take as much of an action.
This difference in opinion has led to climate change becoming an increasingly partisan issue.
As of the time, of the article being written, the Green New Deal has been shut down by a vote of 57-0 with all Senate Republicans and four Democrats voting down the issue on Sun. 3/26
As a result, many Democrats such as Ocasio-Cortez have set sights on creating smaller bills that cover what was proposed in The Green New Deal with the hopes of having the created more green jobs and to have the U.S. having 100 percent renewable energy by 2030.