Supreme Court: West Virginia vs. EPA

Mar 1, 2022 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

Climate Change. When I think about these words, the first thing that comes to my mind is a conversation between a friend and me. We were talking about our futures. Graduation, college, marriage, kids, you know, the stuff we as kids fantasize about. My friend comments, “Who knows if we’ll even make it that far.” I looked at her, and I said, “What do you mean by that?” She says, “With global warming, who knows what the future will be like. Who knows if there will be a world at all.” As dramatic or far-fetched as it sounds, we’re 14 years and questioning if we’ll make it to 40. These thoughts are not due to a chronic illness or crime, but in DC, it has been over 60 degrees Fahrenheit, at least eight days this month, when the average is usually 37-44. Climate change is real, concerning, and impacts my present and my future. 

When I see agencies such as the EPA are working to combat climate change on the news, I feel relieved. Climate change impacts so much of our daily lives, and the issue will only worsen. As a DC, East of the River resident, we rely on the metro system to access work and food. As climate change worsens, the train tracks become more worn due to the extreme temperature changes. The wearing of the tracks increases accidents, which causes delays in arrival times and increases in fares. As many students like myself, we often cannot walk to work or have bikes to get to school, especially if we attend school outside our wards.

Twenty-five million Americans, including 5 million youth, have asthma. This is more than ever before. Asthma costs our country 81.9 billion dollars in treatment, lost wages, and mortalities. Over 50% of children with asthma miss one or more school days. Increases in temperature cause more air and water pollution, increasing allergies and asthma cases. Climate change must be slowed down. Our health and lives depend on it, especially as young people!

Natural disasters such as storms, floods, and droughts have become more prevalent with the increased temperature of the global surface. After these disasters, people access food due to crops being destroyed, have significant changes in energy resources, and the communities have more people to die. And this is not just impoverished people; everyday people are prepared either; the snowstorm in Texas showed us this last year. In addition to the government not protecting its residents, climate change caused 4.5 million residents to be without power for days. And after hurricanes Katrina, Harvey, and Maria, we have communities still recovering today.

This case is bigger than all of us. It’s bigger than me, the EPA,  and the United States. Our planet is at stake, and it takes everyone to do their part. And addition to climate change, establishing precedent like this for a government agency could impact so many other industries that rely on regulation. The Supreme Court vote against the EPA, in this case, will allow multiple legs to get cut from beneath the table, and we all know what happens then, the table falls.

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