Our country faces more serious problems today than at any time since the Great Depression.
And if you include the planetary crisis of climate change, it may well be that the challenges we face now are more dire than at any time in our modern history.
Scientists are telling us that if we do not transform our energy system away from fossil fuels and into sustainable energy, our planet could be ten degrees Fahrenheit warmer by the end of this century.
That will mean more droughts, more famine, more floods, rising sea levels, and more human suffering.
Our job, in this moment, is not to think small. The United States must lead the world in fighting climate change.
Throughout my career, I’ve introduced legislation to combat climate change – I even co-wrote the Green Jobs Act with Senator Hillary Clinton that passed in 2007.
But we must think even bigger.
In 2010 I introduced the 10 Million Solar Roofs and 10 Million Gallons of Solar Hot Water Act. In 2012 I introduced the End Polluter Welfare Act because it is immoral that millions of young Americans can’t afford a decent college education while we’re providing huge tax breaks for ExxonMobil, the most profitable corporation in America.
I introduced the Low Income Solar Act of 2015.
The bill would provide loans and grants to make solar power affordable for community facilities, public housing, and low-income family homes. These families are the hardest hit by rising utility prices and among the most vulnerable to the perils of a changing climate.
When we talk about our responsibilities as human beings, and as parents, there is nothing more important than leaving this country, and this planet, habitable for our kids and grandchildren.
The debate is over.
The scientific community has spoken in a nearly unanimous voice.
Climate change is real, it is caused by human activity, and the United States must lead the world in reversing its effects.
This moment requires a massive investment in solar, wind, and geothermal. My Low Income Solar Act is a commonsense proposal to create jobs, make energy affordable for the most vulnerable among us, and protect the planet for future generations.
Thank you for joining me.