Letters to the Editor

Rebuilding America with renewable energy

Our nation is at a turning point with active civil unrest, over 130,000 coronavirus deaths, and tens of millions unemployed, with communities of color facing the brunt of the crisis.

While the debate about how to recover and repair our coronavirus-battered economy heats up, we have a chance to rebuild a better America by prioritizing clean energy to create more jobs and less pollution.

On June 18, Pope Francis published a document titled Journey for Care of the Common Home. He states it is the duty of everyone to recognize that climate change has a profound environmental, ethical, economic, political, and social relevance and calls for low carbon sustainable development to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by investing in renewable and clean energy. We must end fossil fuel subsidies and begin to tax CO2 emissions.

Before the coronavirus took down the economy, clean energy was one of the nation’s strongest sectors, growing 70 percent faster then the economy as a whole. That is why we should start our recovery with renewed investments in clean energy jobs.

Rebuilding better starts with strong leadership and proven policies. We want policymakers to commit to fighting for a safer and healthier country with an economy where all people prosper.

Michelle Nunemaker

Cedar Rapids

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