Climate change is real and it will be devastating for many. There is little we here in Southwestern Indiana can do to stop, or even mitigate it, but we can, and desperately need to, prepare for it. When I say “prepare,” I don’t mean hunkering down – I mean making the best of it – using our industrial, scientific and agricultural skills and resources to create good jobs, and to use our geographic good fortune to help feed ourselves and others.
How we produce energy should not be much of an ideological issue. Capitalist market forces clearly favor clean energy over coal, and we have to take advantage of that shift. Imagine the jobs that could be created putting solar panels on every house and business. Imagine if we can produce those solar panels here? And provide the R&D. The coal jobs we have now are very few in comparison.
Larry Bucshon and the Republicans are like early 20th century lobbyists for the horse & buggy industry. They want to protect businesses and jobs that produce horse and buggies. It ain’t gonna work any more with the challenges of clean energy than it did with the advent of the automobile.