It’s time to move on

Published: 4/11/2021 8:35:11 AM

Fossil fuels are a thing of the past. There is no good reason, besides the money fossil fuels make for people who are already billionaires, to continue burning harmful resources.

Fossil fuels power about 80% of everything we do. In today’s world, there are alternative green energy options for every aspect of life. There is wind, solar, and hydroelectric power. In order to convert to renewable energy, Massachusetts needs to pass the 100% Clean Act.

Fossil fuels are destroying our Earth. The climate has changed to a point where it is almost irreversible. The time we have to change the course of human life is getting shorter by the day. It is urgent that we stop the planet from getting warmer, the ice caps from melting, and the oceans from acidifying.

The 100% Clean Act has so many important provisions in it that will make Massachusetts a greener place. The bill aims to have 100% renewable electricity by 2035 and 100% renewable energy for heating and transportation by 2050. By passing the bill we will be joining several other states and institutions that have already committed to 100% renewable energy by a certain year.

In order to get everything done mentioned in the 100% Clean Act, we have to add offshore wind turbines, solar panels, and more efficient heating to Massachusetts infrastructure. Offshore wind turbines would generate more than enough electricity for all of Massachusetts homes. And solar panels would generate almost half of the electricity Massachusetts homes consume annually.

It is time for us to move on from dirty fossil fuels. Why stick with something that is actively killing our planet when our planet already provided us with the tools to have clean energy?

Luke Malone

Junior, Intern with MASSPIRG Students


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