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During this cold holiday time, we must keep our focus on global warming

This holiday season, let us all remember the importance of environmental issues.

As the snow falls and the holiday season begins, Minnesotans gear up for another five months of winter. It’s a time of year we have all developed a love-hate relationship with. Despite the excitement, we need to stay focused on pressing environmental issues. With daylight dwindling, it’s easy to forget about solar energy and the exciting new developments in that technology. Cool temperatures seem to alter our perception of global warming. We need to remain persistent if we want our future generations to enjoy the same earth we have.

The vast majority of scientists agree that the temperature of the earth is warming at an alarming rate. Global warming is leading to irregular weather patterns like widespread droughts and record-breaking heat waves. These weather-related disasters are happening in more places, more frequently then ever before. The main contributor to global warming: coal-fired power plants. In 2012, the EPA estimated that coal-fired power plants emitted 1,514 million tons of carbon pollution, making up for 74 percent of total emissions. These plants release carbon, a dirty pollutant that causes a greenhouse effect on our entire planet.

Solar power is quickly becoming an efficient, cost-effective alternative to traditional coal. Currently, companies are developing robots that install and maintain large solar arrays. This technology may prove to be instrumental in continuing to make solar energy more affordable for Americans.

This holiday season, let us all remember the importance of environmental issues. We could all find a way to take an action that could go a long way to sustain our environment.

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