Future Forum: Climate Changeby Representative Ruben Gallego
Posted on 2015-12-16
GALLEGO. Well, in Phoenix, we are always used to pretty warm
weather. Of course, as of late, we actually have noticed it has
actually gotten a lot, lot warmer, and we are worried.
Within that 73 percent range, you will meet a lot of people from all demographic backgrounds, especially Latino and African American communities, that are particularly worried. These are the communities that are growing still, a very young population, but also, unfortunately, tend to have less money.
What that means is, when it gets hotter--and it continues to get hotter in Arizona--and they are going to have to pay for higher air- conditioning costs or are going to have to pay more for water service, they are the ones who are going to be directly impacted by climate change.
These young people--the average age of the Latino in Arizona is about 25--have to see into the future. What they see in the future is a State and a country that is warmer, that has less water, and that did not make the kind of energy investments that we could have done for many years.
Right now the politicians of today do not have the vision for the new energy future. That is why you see those high numbers. Those high numbers are a direct reflection of young millennials who really, truly care about the future and are projecting into the future what they think is important for stability of not just this country, but the population on Earth.