It is well-known that the United States is one of the world’s leading energy consumers. This massive energy consumption uses non-renewable resources and releases significant amounts of pollution in the process. Fortunately, there is a better way forward if those in power are willing to take drastic steps to help the country change. While it will require a lot of work, it is much better than simply leaving things as-is, as that will eventually result in major consequences for a majority of the earth’s population.
As it was with the moon landings, changing the way the United States uses energy will require major innovations, many of which haven’t been invented yet. That’s why it’s crucial that the United States provide funding for critical research to help discover sustainable energy solutions that could save thousands of lives. More funding will provide more jobs and ensure that the research is completed more quickly.
Instill a Love for the Environment in Children
For most people, the habits and practices they learned as children remain with them throughout their entire lives. Therefore, to help build a more sustainable future, it is important for the United States to instill a love for the environment in children from an early age. If children respect the environment and understand the need for sustainable energy solutions, they will be more likely to practice sustainability for life and grow up to be conscientious adults who help change the world for the better.
Subsidize the Cost of Renewable Energy
Since some facets of the renewable energy industry are still new, the price of the energy that these facets produce tends to be more expensive. This makes them less-competitive against more mature industries that tend to create more pollution. By subsidizing the cost of renewable energy production until it can be rolled out across the country, it will create new types of jobs and help ensure the success of renewable energy in the United States.
Utilize Land Strategically
As far as landmass goes, the United States is one of the largest countries in the world. Although it is vital to protect as much land as possible for future generations, it’s also important to find strategic uses for certain portions of land to help create sustainable energy options. Whether it’s massive solar facilities in deserts or government-owned wind facilities off the coasts, it’s time to take advantage of the land resources so that energy use becomes more sustainable.
For sustainable energy solutions to truly be successful, good leaders must be willing to make tough decisions. Therefore, the United States must be willing to safeguard the sanctity of the environment by only choosing leaders who keep the environment as a top priority. Any other priorities only risk environmental devastation and incredible hardships for future generations.