Climate change certainly has negative economic impacts, including driving down crop yields, driving up energy costs, and wreaking financial havoc on communities besieged by climate disasters that occur with greater frequency and intensity. But the truth is that shifting away from fossil fuels to renewable energy systems not only reduces greenhouse gas emissions, it advances America’s competitive edge in providing clean technology solutions. The same solutions that can mitigate risk for climate disasters can also provide good jobs in manufacturing, research and development, and the service sectors.
Energy efficiency innovations not only create jobs, but also save congregations, businesses, and families money on their utility bills and reduce pollution. Reducing pollution means cleaner air, cleaner water, and better health for everyone. The economic benefits of renewable energy and energy efficiency far outweigh the costs, and are in the best interest of our children’s future.