Yes, our planet is in danger. Greenhouse gas emissions are rising, and global climate change is becoming a more urgent problem. Global temperatures have already risen 0.12 degrees Celsius since 1990, and it’s estimated that if we continue along our current path, they will continue to rise between 2 and 5 degrees within the century.

But that’s not all. This is a social issue just as much as it is a plea to save the environment. An investment in cleaner energies, like wind and solar power, will not only lower greenhouse gas emissions, but can also create jobs for millions of Americans at a time when it seems like far too many good people are out of work.

I have always been proud to come from a community as progressive and open minded as Oak Park. That’s why I’d like to urge our Congressman Danny Davis to support the American Clean Energy and Security Act.

Erin Spear
Oak Park

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