As of 2015, Indiana was second only to Texas in coal consumption. Our state’s reliance on coal as its primary energy source is a large part of our poor environmental footprint. Indiana routinely ranks near the bottom among all states in both water and air quality. This leads to higher health care costs and increased instances of asthma, cancer, and other illnesses. I am a proponent of Indiana moving toward expanded use of renewable energy sources to reduce our dependence on coal and to help create new high paying jobs. I believe all Hoosiers should have safe water to drink and clean air to breathe.
From global temperatures rising to the reduction in ice levels and glacier size, the evidence of climate change is overwhelming. We should not only be concerned with the planet we are leaving to future generations but also with the increasing financial costs we face each year. A recent report found extreme weather events caused by climate change has cost $240 billion annually since 1980, and this number is expected to rise to nearly to $360 billion annually in the coming decade. However, we Hoosiers can do our part to combat global warming. By encouraging growth in renewable energies we can support the fight against climate change.