Politicians Begin to Implement Policies to Combat Climate Change


Ethan Hodge, Forum Writer

Imagine walking outside the door right now and instead of being greeted by rain and lush evergreens you are instead greeted by a chocking grey smog and a blazing inferno where a tree once stood. While this ma sound like some dystopian setting maybe a really bad gender reveal party but, no scientist believe this could be our Earth in the future.

The increase in greenhouse gas emissions will have many affects, according to the EPA the side effects will include an increase in Earths average temperature, influence the amount of precipitation, reduce ice, raise sea level, an increase in the acidity of the ocean, increase in intensity/frequency/ duration of natural disasters, shift in the ecosystem, and increase threats to human health.

According to Nasa our very own Northwest known by all for its natural beauty and evergreens is going to become a bipolar wasteland in the future.

“Changes in the timing of streamflow reduce water supplies for competing demands. Sea level rise, erosion, inundation, risks to infrastructure and increasing ocean acidity pose major threats. Increasing wildfire, insect outbreaks and tree diseases are causing widespread tree die-off.”

One of the best parts of Washington, its serene beauty wiped clean off this Earth, turned into this free-for-all of natural disasters and decay of the environment.

Biden has recently taken a stance and started to implement new policies to try and slow down the snowball that is the climate. In March the Biden administration announced plans to spend roughly $3.2 billion to retrofit hundreds of thousands of homes in low-income communities with the aim to delay the greenhouse gas emissions and American energy bills.

As well as a climate change strategy for the US Army, as it makes up for 56% of the federal government’s carbon emissions and 52% of its electrical use. This plan shoots to slash the Army’s emissions in half by 2030, electrify all noncombat vehicles by 2050.

It’s not just Biden trying to stop Climate Change our governor Inslee has made a bill that aims to set a target that all vehicles of model year 2030 or later sold, purchased, or registered in Washington state be electric vehicles. This moves Washington limelight as the most progressive in their effort to end gas vehicles sales on a more ambitious timeline than California’s plan of 2035.

In order to sustain the earth NASA says to increase energy efficiency, increase in renewable energy, conserver water resources, eliminate waste, prevent pollution, increase recycling, design high-sustainable buildings, and reduce the number of agency data centers. With all of that said if this can all be done we can prevent the global temperature from raising to 4.5 degrees Celsius ( 8 degrees Fahrenheit) in 2100.