Many things need to be done to ensure America and the world at large are able to adapt to the future challenges we will inevitability face. Jobs and the economy are an obvious concern for most of us, but they are not as important in the larger scheme of things. In fact, this an area that will only benefit if we move forward in three major areas. Those areas are: energy independence, education investment, and infrastructure overhaul. Only by focusing our efforts on creating policies and technologies that will move us forward in these key spheres will we be able to continue to advance as a people.
Energy independence is not only central to the the future of our economy but the preservation of the world. Our current reliance on forms of dirty, non-renewable forms of energy like coal and oil is unsustainable and irresponsible. We must invest in renewable technologies like wind, solar, and geothermal energy. We must create an efficient energy grid, that will only dispense the power as needed. Finally, we need to stop subsidizing energy sources hurtful to our planet that make a select few rich at the benefit of the future. In order to accomplish what is needed we must educate ourselves and our children.
Without education, there is no hope for progress. An educated population is capable of solving the issues facing us in everything from the economy to the environment. It is vital our children are given the skills needed during their primary education to enter and succeed in college and beyond. Furthermore, we need to ensure this college education is affordable and accessible. If we don’t, we will only cripple our ability to create the infrastructure and technology needed to continue to excel.
The infrastructure of this country is reaching a critical point. Not only do we need to reform our energy grid, but we must also invest in the roads, bridges, dams and other important components that make up our country. If we do not take care of this soon, there will be dire consequences. While this may seem pretty alarmist, the crumbling of our infrastructure is not something we can allow to occur. Doing so will only move us backward and prevent the changes need to develop within a developing world.
No longer can we treat these issues as merely partisan chess pieces. We need to find a way to work together to create the solutions to the obstacles preventing forward movement in these key policy areas. There may be differences in opinions on how to best accomplish these goals, but they cannot be allowed to prevent action. Many do no think we have the tenacity to make the sacrifices needed to accomplish these goals. However, not only are we equipped to enact the reforms needed, but we have the drive to ensure we do not fail.
“We may have different backgrounds, but we believe in the same dream that says this is a country where anything’s possible. No matter who you are. No matter where you come from.” — Barack Obama