Letter: A breath of fresh air
President Obama’s speech Tuesday afternoon was extremely significant for New Hampshire. In his speech, he not only proposed a plan to “cut carbon pollution in America, prepare the United States for the impacts of climate change, and lead international efforts to combat global climate change and prepare for its impacts,” but also defended his plan against critics who would suggest that it would destroy jobs or harm the economy.
As a college student who is heavily involved in environmental advocacy, President Obama’s speech was a breath of fresh, pollution-free air! The world has waited for the United States to step forward and take action, leading by example to clean up our air and prepare ourselves for the inevitable effects of climate change which have already proved devastating.
President Obama also spoke about making our existing buildings more energy efficient, a cause championed by our own Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. Our two coal-fired power plants in New Hampshire (Schiller and Merrimack stations) have pumped high levels of carbon into the atmosphere, contributing to poor air quality and global warming. By cutting carbon emissions, New Hampshire will clean up its air, and make room for cleaner forms of energy such as solar and wind.
President Obama’s Climate Action Plan is the right step for New Hampshire – we need cleaner forms of energy, and more energy-efficient buildings to save money and save our future.