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Ask U.S. senators to back Green New Deal

People are advocating for and against the Green New Deal. What is it? It’s a set of proposed economic stimulus programs that aim to address climate change and economic inequality.

The New Deal was President Roosevelt’s response to the Great Depression of the ’30s. The Green New Deal combines an economic approach with modern ideas for combating climate change. In 2007 Thomas Friedman wrote about the potential to “create a whole new clean power industry to spur our economy into the 21st century.”

Exact details of the Green New Deal remain to be worked out, but it consists of a program of investments in clean energy jobs and infrastructure to transform not just the energy sector, but the entire economy. A carbon fee and dividend bill should be an integral part of these policies.

There are no plans to “do away with” cows or airplanes. What’s being discussed is including both rural and urban areas. Science doesn’t care whether you believe it or not. Ignoring this problem will not make it go away.

What can we do? Acknowledge we have a problem, and take action. It’s not a city vs. country problem. We’re all in this together, and we need to find solutions.

Call or email U.S. Sens. Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley to urge them to take this problem seriously. We need leadership, not denials of the problem.

Jan Patterson

Marion

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