It’s official: 2014 was the hottest year on record. For the past 40 years, every decade has been hotter than the previous decade, and this last one has been the hottest. If you are under 30 years old, you’ve never experienced a month where the average temperature has been below the long-term average. And 14 of the hottest years have all been in the last 15 years. That’s not weather. That’s the definition of climate change.
As a culture, we have become concerned about the huge debts weighing on graduating college students. Climate chaos is a much more threatening debt for the coming generation than college loans. We have a moral obligation to tackle this problem and not pass it on to future generations.
The president’s Clean Power Plan outlines common-sense ways to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels to make our air and water cleaner and reduce the threat global warming poses to future generations. It is designed to reduce emissions from new and existing power plants; increase fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks; and make our homes and businesses more energy efficient. All of these actions not only reduce the threat of global warming, but will save our families money.
The Koch brothers and the fossil fuel industry spent $721 million this last election cycle to get a Congress favorable to their interests and by peddling misinformation. Don’t be conned by anti-science, climate change deniers. We owe it to our children and future generations to act responsibly.