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My View Towards the New Climate Change Legislation

I think the new climate change legislation passed by the Congress in August of 2022 will only slightly impact climate change because the new legislation will not immediately come into play by having everyone suddenly obey the new law. The Inflation Reduction Act, as it is called after the previous Build Back Better Act was opposed, has one of the bills which is supposed to spend billions of dollars in order to invest in air, solar, and hydro powers. The reason is to reduce carbon emissions to prevent further global warming. Their goal is to cut off 40% of carbon at the end of the decade compared to 2005. Albeit not impossible, it is also rather difficult when the entire government has to force all citizens to transition to renewable energy since they are most likely already comfortable with consuming fossil fuels.

One of the ways to do this is by cutting solar power prices to 30% for small businesses to help then transition. It may be useful for them, but that does not mean that they will automatically change to solar energy. The people have to change their power source to solar which takes time to build and integrate. Solar power also does not create enough power, so the expectation will be for the entire roof to be covered with solar panels, which takes away any conveniences or uses such as using a roof for hanging signs on billboards. Not to mention, the sky is not always sunny, so the reserved energy has to be stored somewhere to be saved for further use. Currently, I do not see the full use and benefit of solar power price cuts for small businesses.

Another way is for consumers to change to electrical power rather than gas and oil; examples are electric cars, electric stoves, and other products. Supposedly, consumers will be compensated with thousands of dollars if they were to ever switch to electricity. This sounds hypocritical since the current production of electricity still has to rely on burning fossil fuels, and the use of renewable energy is still not convenient for some people. Electric cars may burn less fossil fuels directly, but they are expensive and therefore inconvenient. Electric stoves are also not popular and rely on iron pans for cooking, which reduces the variety in cooking utensils that can be used. Currently, I do not see the integration to electricity useful and convenient for consumers, despite the massive compensation.

The government shows that they are aware of these concerns and tries to solve this by building more power supplies around the country. This is also an inconvenience because of the amount of space being wasted for power supplies which can be used for additional housing.

Overall, the law that the United States passed in 2022 may help with climate change, but that does not mean that it would be beneficial for other people. This change will impact the individual citizen, both beneficially and malignantly. The new change could slow down climate change, but the new change could be an inconvenience to others who are not already familiar with it. The idea is good on paper, but it is not immediate and will take time and persuasion in order for the citizens to comply. This new law leans more towards the people who actually view climate change as a big issue and wish to be involved in slowing it down. These conditions are the reason why this new law has only slight impacts over a long time rather than an immediate result.


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  1. The government initiating new laws or bills to help combat climate change is an idea that helps us step forward, but the actual execution on delivering is a much harder and time consuming process. Even with said bills passed to help convert to a much cleaner and healthier life style for us and the planet, it’ll take decades before we start to see an actual shift or slowdown of climate change. However, countries can begin a slight transition by producing cleaner energy tools, technology and systems such as the manufacturing of electric vehicles and appliances. While these may be new to a majority of people, it can help spread awareness of what should be used to help combat climate change. We can’t always rely on governments to help create bills or laws to fight climate change as they may not be passed or work out in the end. It’s up to citizens themselves to transition slowly into a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

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