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Alexandra “Sandy” Excelby
Government and non-governmental policies are tackling the complex issue of climate change. The Cut Inflation Act contains the most significant climate legislation ever in the United States, which is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 1 billion tons per year by 2030.
California and other states offer incentives to reduce emissions from homes, agriculture and vehicles.
In the southern states, the regions with the highest resistance to climate change mitigation, Facebook, Google and Amazon are driving rapid growth of renewable energy in states with few climate change regulations.
Companies such as Walmart, which is working with environmental groups on Project Gigaton, aim to remove massive carbon emissions from their supply chains by 2030.
Business customers in North Carolina put pressure on Ingersoll Rand to develop more sustainable transportation options. Anheuser-Busch is committed to renewable energy production and encourages decarbonization by its suppliers.
The private sector is bolstering where partisan impasses within government have been resolved. This should build confidence in climate science.
No single solution can solve such a complex problem. Government and non-governmental policies, environmental organizations and education, and the actions of our own small individuals can help make life on Earth sustainable.
Sandy Exelby is a San Clemente resident, retired educator, and member of the Southern Orange County Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Education and Lobby.
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