Target: Speaker of the House John Boehner
Goal: Support the construction of solar carports in parking lots.
Environmentalists are urging politicians to support solar carports instead of parking lots as the debate over what can be done about climate change continues. The urban island heat effect, where cities are hotter than the surrounding areas, is due in part to the many acres of asphalt and concrete humans have laid down. These materials absorb heat, making urban areas hot. These carports would provide shade for cars and also provide power via solar panels to electric cars.
Research conducted by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that cities have 30 to 35 percent of their surface area made up of asphalt and concrete. These materials are like the ground version of greenhouse gases because they contribute so much heat to cities. Asphalt and concrete are also a waste of space since these places could be replaced with solar panels. A solution proposed to make better use of our space and reduce our carbon footprint is solar carports.
While these inventions would provide shade and power for electric cars, solar carports haven’t been supported by the United States government because they’re costly to make. In 2014 alone, the United States spent 2.5 billion dollars on solar panels. However, recent research suggests that installing car ports costs less than installing a regular rooftop.
Solar panels and other related products have sprung up in Arizona and California because the states’ governments provided incentives. If the United States government could offer these benefits, then human beings would be able to lower their carbon footprint and make better use of our space.
Sign this petition to urge Speaker of the House John Boehner to provide incentives for all businesses in the United States to build solar carports. Climate change is hitting the nation hard, and this problem will not go away without drastic action.
Dear Speaker Boehner,
Environmentalists have grown concerned about the amount of asphalt and concrete that lay on our cities. These materials are absorbing massive amounts of heat and it’s made cities hotter than surrounding areas. What is also concerning is the waste of space, as solar panels could be erected to generate power. Activists are urging the government to create solar carports, as these panels will provide shade and power for electric cars.
As Speaker of the House, I implore you to support this action. Climate change is here and it will not go away unless humans do something to cut down on our carbon footprint. We have the brains and technology to reverse its effect, but it will not happen overnight. Please motivate Congress to support solar carports.
[Your Name Here]
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