For the past few years, it seems like New Yorkers have been dealing with one weather-related disaster after another. Unfortunately, climate scientists predict that extreme weather events like Superstorm Sandy will become even more common if we don’t cut our global warming pollution.
As a New Yorker, I expect our legislators to do everything in their power to protect us from another Superstorm Sandy, but the state Senate, especially Sens. Dean Skelos and Jeffrey Klein, failed to expand clean and renewable solar power in New York. I can’t imagine how this common-sense issue failed to pass.
Gov. Cuomo laid out a simple plan to grow solar power that would have kept 120,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions out of our atmosphere and powered 400,000 homes. Many areas, including Skelos’ district on Long Island, were devastated by Sandy. Why couldn’t Skelos at least agree to pass the governor’s plan for solar? It’s time for our legislators to stop playing politics, and start solving global warming.
The writer is a student at Fordham University.