Our reliance on foreign oil is becoming an increasingly dangerous relationship that leaves our citizens vulnerable to price increases and shortages.
While this issue is pertinent on a national scale, the Commonwealth of Virginia can become an example for the rest of the country by investing in renewable energy sources. Besides the subsequent creation of jobs (up to 50,000 by some reports), developing renewable energy industries can put Virginia “ahead of the curve” and allow us to develop and improve renewable technologies while providing market advantages.
Renewable energy will lead to improvements in human health and the health of the global environment because it does not emit harmful pollutants and is a sustainable option.
No longer can we stand by and allow the depletion of natural resources to continue at a growing rate.
It is time for Virginia to commit to an investment in renewable energy and pledge to protect the quality of life for our future generations.
junior civil and environmental engineering major, green engineering minor