We’ve fought the pandemic together. Let’s do the same with climate change.
In a time of multiple and unprecedented challenges to individuals and societal well-being, our nation badly needs to pull back from the growing acrimony and revisit our many shared values.
It won’t be easy to gradually return to patient talking – and listening – to each other. However, lessons from the ongoing global pandemic provide a critically important opportunity to spring forward to “a better normal” in dealing with the even larger crisis of climate change.
Under the governor’s direction, most North Carolinians across the political spectrum have been willing to sacrifice in response to the pandemic through actions benefiting their loved ones and the common good.
Doing our part to slow global climate change is less painful but quite urgent. Practical and affordable steps to phase out coal- and gas-fired electricity will benefit all North Carolinians by reducing energy bills, improving public health, creating jobs and helping mitigate hurricanes and other weather extremes.
The shift to cost-effective renewable power, paired with energy storage and energy-balancing systems – and phased in system-wide – is less expensive than expanding fossil fuel use. This approach is precisely the economic and job-creation engine needed to alleviate the impacts of what could well be an extended global recession.
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