|To the Editor: BGSU needs better energy plan|
|Written by Matt Hoostal|
|Wednesday, 10 April 2013 08:19|
While I appreciate that BGSU President Mazey met with the student Environmental Action Group (EAG) to discuss a transition to a more sustainable energy plan for the campus, now is a time for action.
Those blessed with an education, formal or informal, know that fossil fuel production and use kill several thousand Americans each year and exacerbate lung, heart, and brain diseases. We also know that enough carbon dioxide is present in the atmosphere to drive the global temperature increases over 3º C. In itself, this will increase drought, extreme weather events, and probably the spread of infectious disease.
In addition, fossil fuel use is increasing, despite present attempts to curb use.
Recycling programs and gardens connect us to the environmental struggle, but will not ameliorate climate change.
Other universities are making strong steps to energy sustainability and the university, with enthusiastic students and knowledgeable, experienced faculty, should be the driver of progressive innovation.
Energy conservation can save money in the short-term, while locking into a long-term investment into green energy can pay for itself in a limited time. The potential for PR, grants, and recruitment from such an investment are intangible rewards that also must be considered.
Franz Kafka's challenge to embrace a long struggle should be echoed now, "You can hold yourself back from the sufferings of the world, that is something you are free to do and it accords with your nature, but perhaps this very holding back is the one suffering you could avoid."
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