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Climate Anxiety and the New Infrastructure Bill

Does thinking about climate make you anxious? Apparently, you’re not alone. Studies have found that over 67% of people are “somewhat or extremely anxious” about the impact of climate change on the environment and their health. But the federal government is enacting a long-term solution to the long-standing environmental problem of dirty energy consumption with the new infrastructure bill.

From a consistently unstable power grid to the devastating results of unpredictable weather conditions, climate anxiety is understandable. But the truth is that change is in our hands! Reducing your carbon footprint and rallying behind action plans that encourage more sustainable and cleaner energy sources is the way to lessen your worry. It’s time we all pushed back on the harmful fossil fuels that have been plaguing our world for decades.

Do You Have Climate Anxiety?

I bet that’s a question you never thought you’d have to ask yourself. But a global research project found that 45% of the youth (ages 16-25) fear a change in the environment will alter their daily lives and the way they function. Well, they’re right.

Extreme weather conditions and natural disasters are brought on by climate change. This elevates the amount of mold and pollen in the air, pollution that directly impacts your health. It also doesn’t help that climate change is sped along by the consumption of fossil fuels. The U.S. Energy Information Administration projects that “global energy-related CO2 emissions will grow 0.6% per year from 2018 to 2050,” and the U.S. is a top user of fossil fuels to produce electricity.

If climate anxiety has you feeling the blues, know that the leaders at the top have finally seen all of the great things about using clean energy. And you can too!

Here are a few ways to combat your climate anxiety:

1. Take a stand against fossil fuels.

Decide right here and right now that fossil fuels are not the best way to generate energy and use your voice to stop the onslaught of new fossil fuel infrastructure. While decarbonization is on the mind of policymakers, there’s a push to reduce fossil fuel consumption by simply boosting efforts of renewable energy generation. That doesn’t mean that new plans for fossil fuel expansion aren’t popping up every day. You can contact your local, state, and federal representatives to demand an end to new fossil fuel projects.

2. Hit the fossil fuel industry where it hurts the most.

Believe it or not, fossil fuel is financially supported by the government. There’s $500 billion in subsidies that keep the fossil fuel industry at the top of the energy production game. This ensures that fossil fuels maintain their position as majority energy producers in the U.S. The best way to combat your climate anxiety is to speak up. Call your local and federal representatives and let them know you want to end subsidies for fossil fuel producers.

3. Improve the energy efficiency of your home.

There are so many ways to make your home greener. From smart thermostats to the choice of flooring, it’s possible to take energy consumption into your own hands. One of the best things you could do is lessen your reliance on the power grid by going solar. Solar panels generate clean electricity without the reliance of fossil fuels for your consumption. That’s in addition to the many environmental benefits of solar energy. Contact a Solar Energy Specialist today and find out more!

4. Learn more about the solar energy advancements.

Every year, many technological advancements are made in relation to energy generation. The best way to combat anxiety is through information, so it’s time to explore. Get the kids involved in your learning about solar energy too! There’s even a nod to science fiction with the pursuit of space-based solar power. When you learn about the ways people are using solar energy around the world, it will soothe the anxiety you might feel about the state of our environment.

5. Call for an investment in climate action.

An investment in climate action is the best way to enact change. By providing more funding towards the sustainability and advancement of renewable energy sources, clean energy can become widespread, new jobs can be created, and the climate could change for the better. Believe that your voice matters! There’s legislation on the table for your state and federal governments that could lead to a major reduction in carbon emissions.

Let’s take a look at how the new infrastructure bill can help soothe your climate anxiety.

The New Infrastructure Bill and the Pursuit of Lower Emissions

Climate anxiety, be gone! Turns out, there’s a bright future ahead for solar energy. Solar is an affordable and environmentally beneficial option. The U.S. government believes they can bring about a clean energy revolution. With the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, investments can be made in a future of clean energy.

Clean Electricity By 2035

Yep, you read it right. The Infrastructure Bill has its eyes on the prize! If this legislation is passed, it will attempt to encourage the production of electricity from renewable sources by 2035.

That’s why you can’t let pollution get you down! The International Energy Agency predicts that if countries begin declining fossil fuel projects right now, there’s a chance for change! While we’re nowhere near a completely clean atmosphere, take a look at a few things this bill is bringing to your neck of the woods.

  • Solar Innovation Projects
  • Affordable Solar for Everyone
  • A Solar-Boosted Economy

Let’s do a deep dive!

Solar Innovation Projects  

In order to hit the 2035 deadline, solar has to really get a boost. Although the bill calls for the development of multiple sources of renewable energy, solar is truly the all-star. The federal government will accelerate development of commercial, utility, and residential solar systems. Solar will become more accessible and efficient for everyone.

In addition to a massive uptake in solar production, this legislation also calls for extensive provisions for energy storage development and power grid upgrades that could support heightened solar deployment. In recent years, many have discovered that a powerful solar panel battery backup is what sets their home apart during a power outage. These advancements in solar may spark an end to blackouts from an overworked power grid that’s run on fossil fuels. Consumers will never have to wonder what happens when the lights go out again.

 

Affordable Solar for Everyone

According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the cost of solar has “…declined between 70% and 80% since 2010,” and it’s still going down. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal has goals to drastically reduce cost for homeowners and businesses alike. An extension of $300 billion in tax cuts for clean energy has been proposed. That means a whopping 30% investment tax credit for solar, this differs from the current 26% federal solar tax credit that has been making solar cheaper so far. This credit and similar production credits include what individuals and industries need to build solar systems for less and institute a new energy storage infrastructure.

Welcome to a new world, where clean and reliable electricity can be delivered to your home at a much lower cost! Reap the rewards from lower utility bills and more money in your pocket!

A Solar-Boosted Economy

More solar means there’s more jobs to go around. Government officials hope to spread solar all over the country through a long-term extension of the solar ITC.

The DOE reports over 300,000 people employed in the solar industry in 2020, proof that solar is one of the fastest growing industries out there. With the passing of this new infrastructure bill, a pathway will be laid out to an electricity sector running entirely on renewable energy by 2035. Potentially, millions of new jobs can be created in clean energy technologies, subsequently causing a demand for an expansion of the talent pipeline. Workforces will have to provide access to training opportunities and sustain advancement in this broad career landscape.

A Whole New World for Solar

It’s been a long-held belief that fossil fuels are cheaper when compared to renewable energy sources, but that’s no longer the case. There are so many ways you can cut fossil fuels out of your life and take your energy into your own hands. While an awareness of climate change is a strong foothold, action provokes change. Let your representatives know that passing the infrastructure bill is important to you. Protest the use of fossil fuels. The future could be a dazzling place you never knew with widespread clean energy generation, and solar at the helm. If climate anxiety is plaguing your days, look up at the horizon! Energy freedom is just a solar stem away!

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