Energy, Environmental & Ecological Justice

Elijah supports a 100% renewable energy system by 2020, and a ban on fracking. People and Planet before profit. Climate change is a serious threat to our national security, existence, living conditions, and the future generation.

Across the country, fracking is contaminating drinking water, making nearby families sick with air pollution, and turning forest acres into industrial zones. Yet the oil and gas industry is pushing to expand this dirty drilling—to new states and even near critical drinking water supplies for millions of Americans. As fracking booms across nation, it is creating a staggering array of threats to our environment and health. Families living on the front-lines of fracking have suffered nausea, headaches, rashes, dizziness and other illnesses. As President, not only will I BAN fracking, but I would take the initiative to stop offshore oil drilling as well. I would shift to renewable, clean, and solar powered energy. It is clean, and more financially frugal for all families. The big oil companies are bribing our politicians and has their hands up their ass. As President, say goodbye to the oil industry's exploitation of the people. 

-Elijah Manley

We need more Focus on Renewable Energy Sources

 If we are relying on fossil fuels and we have found a way to be able to rely on them for longer, we are going to stop our research into alternative (and cleaner) energy sources. When we thought that the world was running out of fossil fuels, we had really started to look into alternative energy sources such as solar energy, wind energy and hydro power. Scientists had even started looking into how to make cars cleaner, trying to make them run on many different things including water and hydrogen. If we have plenty of gas and oil left thanks to the improved method of extraction, the need to find alternative energy sources is drastically reduced.

 

Fracking increases Water Pollution

 Although above we said that the general quality of air would be improved if more people used gas as opposed to coal or oil, fracking could actually end up leading to more pollution in general. Because fracking uses so much water (as much as 100 times what other, conventional drilling uses to get to gas and oil deposits), it has been linked to a decrease in the water supplies in and around areas where fracking has taken place.

Linked to this is the concern about the increase in water pollution. Water supplies in areas where fracking has recently taken place have tended to show an increased amount of dangerous chemicals. This is because the water that is used in fracking, although most of it is collected, can seep through the earth and end up in reservoirs, the sea and other bodies of water. From there, it can harm the ecosystem.

 

We need Renewable Energy

The major advantage with the use of renewable energy is that as it is renewable it is therefore sustainable and so will never run out.

Renewable energy facilities generally require less maintenance than traditional generators. Their fuel being derived from natural and available resources reduces the costs of operation.

Even more importantly, renewable energy produces little or no waste products such as carbon dioxide or other chemical pollutants, so has minimal impact on the environment.

Renewable energy projects can also bring economic benefits to many regional areas, as most projects are located away from large urban centres and suburbs of the capital cities. These economic benefits may be from the increased use of local services as well as tourism.

Elijah's plan is to have 100% clean renewable energy by 2020.

 

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