Reading the news these days constantly reminds us of the divisiveness that tears us apart. The rancorous partisanship around the upcoming election, and the plague of COVID-19 relentlessly battling against us seem to bring out all our differences. We all surely can look forward to the day when we have a vaccine and when we have a government elected by the people working for the common good of all.
But oddly, I sometimes find myself longing for the national mood of those post-9/11 days in 2001, when we the people of the USA rose up together determined to defeat terrorism. Even after a contentious election in 2000, we all realized our differences were much smaller than our need to stand together against a common foe.
When the present strife is behind us, we will still have the opportunity to unite to defeat climate change. Let us resolve to work together to make our country stronger and more independent, and our world a cleaner, better place for our children and grandchildren.
Isn’t that what we all want?
Let’s learn to leave in the past the childish blame and finger-pointing about whose fault it is and instead work together on solutions for a positive, prosperous clean energy future. We possess the technology, the plans, and the ability to indeed act as one nation to defeat climate change, because it is the right thing to do.
Eden Prairie, MN
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