With the Trump administration’s recent decision to pull away from commitments to lessen human contribution to climate change, the states must decide where to go from here. Hundreds of cities all across the country have stepped up and committed to transitioning to clean, renewable energy sources to provide for their citizens. Delaware should join these efforts and commit to increasing our green energy infrastructure as well. https://medium.com/@ClimateMayors/climate-mayors-commit-to-adopt-honor-and-uphold-paris-climate-agreement-goals-ba566e260097
There are plenty of programs we can take advantage of to help with this transition, and in the meantime, provide hundreds of jobs for workers. Other states have started supplying schools with solar panels to decrease energy costs in school budgets, building wind farms both on and offshore, and some have even committed to geothermal energy. Meanwhile, Delaware remains non-committal in the clean energy revolution, and divided on the cost-to-benefit calculations. But the cost to Delaware to remain uncommitted on this front could not be any higher. Being situated on the coast, with a stagnant economy and few new job opportunities coming into our state, Delaware has a lot to lose by remaining uncommitted, and even more to gain by making the choice to go greener.
There have been many times in history when our government has chosen to make a commitment and supply jobs across our nation, even when the budget was not necessarily there. Unfortunately, most of those instances were in times of war. Now, the enemy is not another country, or another society, or some foe that can be vanquished with a MOAB. If it were, we would have likely already bombed them a million times over and spent billions of dollars to fight them. This time, the only thing we need to do to find the enemy is to look in the mirror. Our society has been built on an unsustainable need for disposable products and short fixes for long-term problems. We need to change course and commit to transforming our energy structure into a lean, green one, and we needed to do it yesterday. The Democratic Party of Delaware needs to put this into their party platform, and start to work diligently to make it not just a thought, but a reality.
What can you do to help see that this happens? Call your mayor, your governor, your congressmen and women, and your state party chair, and tell them that you want them to commit to tackling climate change and creating new green energy job programs in Delaware. There are federal infrastructure grants of which we can take advantage to help rebuild our infrastructure. There are companies that have offered to build wind farms, and there are programs to use to transition more residences and businesses to solar energy. This is not some radical idea that we cannot afford to implement. Rather, it is a reality that we cannot afford to ignore.
Here is a petition from the people who organized the March For Science. It will send a letter to Governor Carney: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/let-your-governor-know-you-support-local-action-on-climate-change?clear_id=true&source=direct_link
Here is the number and email to the Governor’s office:
Here is the number and email to the Delaware Democratic State Party chair:
John Daniello 302-540-9822
Mayor of Wilmington:
Mayor of Newark:
Mayor of Dover:
Others can be found with a simple Google search.
Senator Carper can be reached at:
Senator Coons can be reached at:
Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester can be reached at: