Environmental issues have become more and more important with the dramatic increase in the amount of fossil fuels we as a country use every day compared to only fifty years ago. These issues are becoming more and more apparent with climate change and depleting resources, and it is a main topic during every recent election. It’s important to understand the problems and learn our candidate’s positions.
The Unites States emits more carbon dioxide into the environment than any other country.
Over the last hundred years, the world’s sea levels have risen by 6.7 inches. This is due to the higher climate melting ice. While 6.7 inches may not seem to be that dramatic of a change, the effects have been substantial.
Irresponsibly aggressive actions toward environmental reform can lead to many people being laid off in certain industries, such as coal mining. There were triple the amount of coal miners in our country thirty years ago. While coal mining is the largest cause of carbon monoxide emission in the country, actions toward reform need to take into consideration peoples’ jobs.
It’s hard to believe that some candidates today don’t take these environmental problems seriously, but it is a harsh reality. In 2012 Donald Trump tweeted, “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” This is a statement made without any credible information to back it up. However, it shines a light onto what the presidential hopeful will do in regards to this situation if he becomes president.
Hilary Clinton wants to reform the coal industry by switching over to cleaner alternatives. However, she admits that people in the industry will still be put out of work. Switching to cleaner methods may not transfer perfectly, and many people will not be able to come along with the transfer. It’s hard to look into a coal miner’s eyes and tell them that you are not sure about their job security.
The problem is not an easy fix. It may seem easy to immediately eliminate offensive industries in favor of cleaner options. However, this can cause negative effects to families all around the country who rely on coal and other industries to make a living.