Transition to green energy needed

The year is 2050. Before you leave for your morning walk to work, you put on a mask because the air quality is so bad.

 This is because of the wildfires around the country. It is October, but it’s still 90 degrees out. Your family recently left New Orleans and moved inland to avoid rising sea levels. You hope that you are far enough inland to avoid the Category 6 hurricanes that Louisiana has faced for the past 10 years. 

This bleak scenario is the reality that many of us will face if we do not take steps to slow down climate change. 

NASA research shows that climate change is responsible for rising sea levels, a warming ocean and intensifying storms. 

President Biden is taking steps to move America in the right direction. According to Forbes, the U.S. is the second highest carbon producer in the world behind China. 

Biden wants to cut U.S. carbon emissions to zero by 2050. 

This goal is part of the Paris Agreement and goals set by Biden and dozens of other nations at the United Nations Climate Summit last week. 

These policies are a step in the right direction for America. 

We need to modernize our energy sources. But it won’t happen overnight and we shouldn’t expect it to. 

According to NASA scientists, humans have a direct responsibility in the severity and speed of climate change. 

The future is in our hands and we must do something to create a more stable and livable climate. 

However, we must be cautious in the process.

Some might argue that millions of jobs would be lost due to the closure of oil, natural gas and coal facilities. This is true. 

However, the job losses would be more than offset by the number of jobs that would be created, according to USA Today.

The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate projects that the green energy transition could create $26 trillion in benefits across the global economy by 2030.

Gov. Edwards is following Biden in giving Louisiana a greener future. 

In October, Edwards entered Louisiana into the worldwide “Race to Zero” campaign. 

This is a step in the right direction for the state, especially because we rely so heavily on oil and natural gas. 

But according to NPR, Edwards does not agree with the quick speed in which Biden hopes to transition. Edwards wants to move slowly to avoid major job losses. 

This is what not only Louisiana but the whole country should do.

We need to make sure that we have the infrastructure to support green energy. 

Right now,our society relies on oil and gas. 

Once our homes and cars run on green energy, then society will be able to move forward to a place where we can cut carbon emissions and save the climate.