Impact of Fossil Fuels
The air and water pollution emitted by coal and natural gas plants are linked to breathing problems, neurological damage, heart attacks, cancer, premature death, and a host of other serious problems. The pollution affects everyone.
Furthermore, all energy sources have some impact on our environment. Fossil fuels—coal, oil, and natural gas—do substantially more harm than renewable energy sources by most measures, including air and water pollution, damage to public health, wildlife and habitat loss, water use, land use, and global warming emissions.
Of the many environmental and public health risks associated with burning fossil fuels, the most serious in terms of its universal and potentially irreversible consequences is global warming. In 2014, approximately 78 percent of US global warming emissions were energy-related emissions of carbon dioxide. Of this, approximately 42 percent was from oil and other liquids, 32 percent from coal, and 27 percent from natural gas.
Burning fossil fuels, such as Sulfur dioxide, Nitrogen oxides, Particulate matter, emits a number of air pollutants that are harmful to both the environment and public healthier.
Coal-fired power plants are the largest source of mercury emissions to the air in the United States. As airborne mercury settles onto the ground, it washes into bodies of water where it accumulates in fish and subsequently passes through the food chain to birds and other animals. The consumption of mercury-laden fish by pregnant women has been associated with neurological and neuro-behavioral effects in infants. Young children are also at risk
Transition From Fossil to Clean
Human activity is overloading our atmosphere with carbon dioxide and other global warming emissions. These gases act like a blanket, trapping heat. The result is a web of significant and harmful impacts, from stronger, more frequent storms, to drought, sea level rise, and extinction.
Strong winds, sunny skies, abundant plant matter, heat from the earth, and fast-moving water can each provide a vast and constantly replenished supply of energy.
The Collins Administration will reduce the damage we caused to our planet by switching to renewable energy sources. America will lead by example and “go green.” Generating energy that produces no greenhouse gas emissions will reduce air pollution and the strain on our environment.
The New Deal, In which I support, that Franklin Delano Roosevelt launched to battle the effects of the Great Depression. The idea was central to the high-profile campaign of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the young Democratic socialist from New York who won a US House seat in November. New Deal would center around creating new jobs and lessening inequality. Aiming to virtually eliminate US greenhouse gas pollution in a decade, it would be radical compared with other climate proposals. It would require massive government spending.
UCS analysis found that a 25-by-2025 national renewable electricity standard would stimulate $263.4 billion in new capital investment for renewable energy technologies, $13.5 billion in new landowner income from? biomass production and/or wind land lease payments, and $11.5 billion in new property tax revenue for local communities. In addition, wind and solar energy require essentially no water to operate and thus do not pollute water resources or strain supplies by competing with agriculture, drinking water, or other important water needs.
Switching to renewable energy sources will create economic development and jobs in manufacturing, installation, and research. Increased support for renewable energy could create even more jobs. Expanding renewables creates far more jobs than expanding fossil-fuel and nuclear power plants combined. Some of the benefits are from construction jobs to build out solar infrastructure. U.S. coal and oil jobs have been disappearing, and the delivery and burning of more natural gas add few jobs because the operations are highly automated, requiring few people. (“Other” represents jobs that cannot be assigned to a single category because they cut across multiple energy sectors.) Most Americans are worried about getting the training for these jobs but rest asure that your government under the Collins Administration will ensure you recieve proper training and certifications to obtain all of the jobs created by switching to renewable energy.
God Bless our Planet!