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My Take: Climate Change is an Astronomical Problem

Climate change is a huge issue and the first step to fix the problem is believing that it is real. Personally, I believe climate change is an astronomical problem and we have to act now before it gets much worse.  The United States Congress has proposed the Green New Deal. This proposal consists of weening the federal government off fossil fuels and promoting the use of other resources such as solar energy, wind power and hydro, among others. The results of this proposal would create new high-paying jobs for the clean energy industries. The issue is getting Republican approval to put this plan into action. This is a huge problem because the longer we delay the worse the issue will become. Three years ago, the United Nation and scientists stated the increase in global temperatures would result in dangerous heatwaves, droughts and wildfires. For example, the California wildfires. The wildfires resulted in countless numbers of people losing their homes. The overall temperature in California increased by 4 degrees in the past century making wildfires a regular occurrence and increases the amount of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere, further contributing to greenhouse gases and the depletion of the ozone layer.

The Green New Deal will help minimize the amount of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere. The proposed legislation also has a plan to increase the number of jobs in the clean energy industry, which will decrease the unemployment rate. 

Friedman, Lisa. “What Is the Green New Deal? A Climate Proposal, Explained.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 21 Feb. 2019, www.nytimes.com/2019/02/21/climate/green-new-deal-questions-answers.html.

McMillan, Rob. “What Is Causing California’s Destructive Wildfires?” ABC7 Los Angeles, KABC-TV, 24 Sept. 2020, abc7.com/california-wildfires-fire-season-explained-cal/6523758/.

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