Harvard study suggests Great Lakes region should install more solar to improve health, environment (Editorial Reaction)

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Addie Schmitt

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I believe that it’s imperative that we start relying more on renewable energy. Thousands of scientists have already shown the negative impacts that fossil fuels have had on our environment, and this study, from one of the most well known and trusted universities in America, only reinforces that. People are pushing back on installing and using more renewable energies because it’s more expensive, but health bills for air quality related health complications are expensive, too. The main reason people are pushing back is because they haven’t been affected, and either believe that global warming isn’t real, or that they will never be affected by it in their lifetime. However, as someone who will almost definitely have to deal with effects of rising temperatures and pollution, I would pay more for energy in a heartbeat. Renewable energy is one of the best ways to reduce CO2 emissions (besides regulating CO2 emissions itself), and it should be invested in. And, whether you believe in global warming or not, why would a non-renewable, polluting energy source be better long term than a renewable one?

Reaction based off of Columbus Dispatch article titled “Harvard study suggests Great Lakes region should install more solar to improve health, environment”