Global warming has become the spotlight for both sides of the battle over sustainability in American politics. Supporters of legislation that limit green house gases believe, along with the vast majority of scientists, that humans are the cause of the accelerating temperature rise of our planet. Opponents of such legislation argue that the rise in annual global temperature is attributed to the Earth’s natural heating and cooling cycles. No matter which side is correct, it seems only reasonable to me to explore alterative energy sources because our planet has a limited supply of fossil fuels. “Repowering America” will not be an easy task but I believe it is essential for our country’s economic and national stability. So, what has kept America, or more specifically America’s politicians, from leading in what is possibly the most important dilemma facing our planet?
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