Cut Inflation Act will help tackle climate change

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Two headlines from the August 16 edition of the Times Union — “What could be next for oil prices?” Thiss hard to say” and “The drought watch area has more than doubled in upstate New York” – make a case for renewable energy.

Both articles illustrate how our continued use of fossil fuels has brought us to a state of crisis. The price of fossil fuels is shaken by war and weather, while the use of fossil fuels, in turn, contributes to extreme and unpredictable weather.

It has been evident for decades that renewable energies make it possible to escape this downward spiral and that wind and solar power are inexhaustible sources of this energy. Yet, according to the US Energy Information Administration, in 2021, wind contributed only 9.2% and solar only 2.8% of total US energy.

One of the putative reasons for this reluctance is the fallacious argument that wind and solar are unreliable.

More and more improved batteries put an end to this argument. The same applies to improvements in the networks that supply energy.

There are ways to manage variable electricity sources with “smart” grids that use two-way digital communication technology to detect and react to changes in usage.

The Cut Inflation Act, by providing funding for improved grid and battery technology and incentives for increased use of wind and solar, can bring changes to our familiar landscapes in as wind and solar farms proliferate. These changes will help limit the rapidly worsening climate crisis caused by the burning of fossil fuels.

Marta Schaaf

New York City

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