Experts estimate that our world has about 10 years until Climate Change becomes a cataclysmic event. This is an urgent need that we need to address now, before it's far too late. We have deferred action on climate change for decades, but that is no longer an option.
However, Rhode Island, as the Ocean State and smallest state, is uniquely positioned to become a leader in green energy. By investing in solar, wind, and hydroelectric power, we are guaranteeing hundreds of new clean, skilled jobs, revenue for the state, and protections for our entire region against climate change.
We need to responsibly invest in our energy infrastructure and job training and divest from all fossil fuels, including natural gas, oil, and coal.
Green Energy as an Economic Opportunity
Currently, Rhode Island spends 3 billion dollars annually outsourcing our energy needs. This is an opportunity to become energy independent. If we develop our own infrastructure for clean energy, soon, Rhode Island will be a leader in the region. With our coast line open space, we can responsibly, sustainably, and non-invasively develop green energy technology, an become an exporter to other states around us.
Imagine, not only an extra 3 billion dollars in our budget, but an extra 6 billion dollars from the revenue of our investments. We can fund our schools, our healthcare system, universal childcare, and so much more. We have an incredibly chance to create a bright future for Rhode Island's environment and our economy.
The brunt of our irresponsible environmental choices has fallen on low-income communities, communities of color, and indigenous folks in the state. Not only can we create more revenue for our state, we can invest in these communities. The people most likely to experience health problems due to environmental factors should be the first to benefit from a transition to a new system. This means increased job training to work in the green energy sector, prioritizing investing in underfunded schools, and not developing a new system on the backs of the most marginalized in our society.