Increase the Use and Awareness of Subsidization on Renewable Energy Sources
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With the continuous acceleration of Climate Change, caused primarily by the use of non-renewable energy sources and fossil fuel emissions, increasing the use of government subsidies would allow for the creation of more solar-powered energy in homes and in power plants. This can create a larger network of clean energy in order to reduce our dependence on non-renewable sources and would additionally relieve our nation of some of the economic burden our heavy usage of fossil fuels creates.
The effects of the use of fossil fuels do not simply arise from the act of burning them, it also encompasses the act of their extraction, transportation, and disposal. Fossil fuels rely on drilling, mining, & hydraulic fracking to be extracted, each of which individually provide enough harm to the environment and come at a highly expensive price.
California leads the nation in terms of environmental awareness and advancement. For instance,"A study finds that California’s climate friendly policies have created a $13 billion economic boost to the Central Valley’s economy...focused on 3 areas: air pollution, cap and trade, and renewable energy and energy efficiency programs” (Anderson, 2017). In addition to the generous amounts of money generated by implementing new environmental policy, the state of California is making a breakthrough in the preconceived notions people have over the connection between a healthy economy and a fossil fuel dependent society. With its overambitious aims to promote the benefits of the implementation of clean energy, the state has found that there is no longer a direct correlation between the two.
A nationwide acknowledgment and push towards subsidization would allow for an increase in citizens who choose to switch over to renewable energy. Current legislation states,"A taxpayer may claim a credit of 30% of qualified expenditures for a system that serves a dwelling unit located in the United States that is owned and used as a residence by the taxpayer” (energy.gov). By keeping this policy in place, it can encourage more Americans to handle the upfront cost of installing solar panels in order to receive a break in the very daunting federal taxes that are conducted every year. This will ultimately reduce the amount of coal based energy that is consumed by the general public and will work to slow climate change caused by lessening the reliance on coal for energy (procon.org).
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