The best of EcoWatch, right in your inbox. Sign up for our email newsletter!
Even Climate Denier Ben Carson Says We Should Power America With Renewables
Retired neurosurgeon turned GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson is by no means a strong advocate for action on climate change. When asked whether he believed in climate change at a campaign event last Wednesday, he gave the tired conservative trope “the climate is always changing” before digressing into how he doesn’t have “enough faith” to believe in the Big Bang Theory and eventually musing “gravity, where did it come from?”
But even Ben Carson can't deny how much sense renewable energy makes. Neither can the majority of Republicans. Recent research found that among all Republicans, 72 percent said they support “taking action to accelerate the development and use of clean energy."
When asked if he'd support 50 percent renewables in the U.S. by 2030 at an event in Iowa on Friday, Carson responded with "I want more than 50 percent."
The 50 percent by 2030 goal is part of the advocacy group NextGen Climate, which has launched a campaign pushing candidates on the issue. Carson has not released any details of how he plans to reach that goal, according to Mother Jones, but Carson is at least taking a step in the right direction.
"I don't care whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, a liberal or a conservative, if you have any thread of decency in you, you want to take care of the environment because you know you have to pass it on to the next generation," he said at the campaign event on Wednesday. "There is no reason to make it into a political issue."
YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE
EcoWatch Daily Newsletter
East Africa is facing its worst locust infestation in decades, and the climate crisis is partly to blame.
200 Years of Exploring Antarctica — the World’s Coldest, Most Forbidding and Most Peaceful Continent
By Dan Morgan
Antarctica is the remotest part of the world, but it is a hub of scientific discovery, international diplomacy and environmental change. It was officially discovered 200 years ago, on Jan. 27, 1820, when members of a Russian expedition sighted land in what is now known as the Fimbul Ice Shelf on the continent's east side.
By Erica Cirino
Visit a coral reef off the coast of Miami or the Maldives and you may see fields of bleached white instead of a burst of colors.
By Jason Bittel
High up in the mountains of Montana's Glacier National Park, there are two species of insect that only a fly fishermen or entomologist would probably recognize. Known as stoneflies, these aquatic bugs are similar to dragonflies and mayflies in that they spend part of their lives underwater before emerging onto the land, where they transform into winged adults less than a half inch long. However, unlike those other species, stoneflies do their thing only where cold, clean waters flow.