Challenging Climate Irresponsibility In Ohio’s 16th Congressional District
We are in the middle of the hottest year that has ever been measured in human history. Regionally, record-breaking heat and drought are scourging the northeastern United States.
Yet, in the middle of this climate crisis, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives chose to push forward a resolution opposing responsible action to confront climate change. That resolution celebrates the continuing dominance of the fossil fuels infrastructure from centuries past, bragging that the “fossil fuels share of energy consumption was 82 percent” in 2011. The resolution praises the burning of petroleum and coal as “ingenious” and promotes the growth of, rather than the reduction of, the burning of fossil fuels.
Jim Renacci, the politician currently representing Ohio’s 16th congressional district, voted in favor of this anti-innovation, anti-clean, anti-climate legislation. What’s more, Renacci has endorsed the presidential campaign of Donald Trump, who has claimed, without any evidence, that climate change is nothing more than a hoax invented by the Chinese government.
Keith Mundy who is challenging Renacci for a seat in Congress, has a different vision, focusing on opportunities for an improved future rather than on protecting outdated techniques developed long ago in our early industrial history. Mundy has a People Before Polluters platform, and writes, “The scientists are virtually unanimous that climate change is real, is caused by human activity and is already causing devastating problems in the United States and around the world. And, they tell us, if we do not act boldly the situation will only become much worse in years to come in terms of drought, floods, extreme storms and acidification of the oceans.”
Unlike Renacci, who seeks to serve the interests of increasingly uncompetitive fossil fuels industries, Mundy proposes a shift to more innovative sustainable energy solutions that will support local economies and lessen the damage from climate change.
As an entrenched politician, Jim Renacci stands for the dinosaurs of fossil fuels. Keith Mundy favors policies to prevent human civilization from going the way of the dinosaurs.
For those who are ready to embrace reality, the choice in Ohio’s 16th district is clear. However, the 16th district has been gerrymandered so as to challenge an embrace of reality. Snaking around south of Cleveland and avoiding Akron, the district’s boundaries purposefully evade areas where large portions of the population keep abreast of the development of scientific knowledge.
Will Jim Rennaci’s audacious denial of climate science be able to triump over Keith Mundy’s practical application of technological innovation to bring a more prosperous, clean, and sustainable future? Watch this district.