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Pesqueira: 'Conservationist mindset' needed to face changing climate

Guest opinion from Tucson mayoral candidate Al Pesqueira of the Republican Party

Recognizing the issue

Since the start of the industrial revolution in our country, and around the world, scientific data has been concluding that our activities have had a measurable effect on the increase in green house gas. A notable effect in the 20th century was a temperature increase at a rate that is unparalleled by previous records. The 2006 Arizona Climate Action Plan reports that in western North American, the climate has warmed an average of 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit over the last 50 years.Even with the implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency and other watchdog agencies, the effects of green house gases have been concerning to people all over the world.

Our role as a local government

The city of Tucson has recognized that climate change has the potential to be a negative force on the quality of life of our residents and abundant wildlife. We must work together with the state and federal government in reducing carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, and sulfur hexaflouride gases. We should focus on the cleaner emission of burning fossil fuels, and renewable energy sources such as solar and wind.

Steps we can take

  • Reduce green house gas emission of city vehicles and our transit system vehicles
  • Adjust routes of our transit system to reduce the amount of fossil fueled vehicles being used, therefore reducing emissions
  • Expand the route of the SunLink down the major corridors to take demand off of fossil-fuel burning buses in the downtown area
  • Expand the bicycle and electric scooter program currently offered by city transit
  • Give tax incentives to drivers using electric cars and lower emission vehicles. For example; scooters, motorcycles
  • Require new construction to comply with an energy efficient standard
  • Increase programs that encourage home owners to add solar power and utilize heating resources other than natural gas
  • Require new traffic signals and traffic signals undergoing modification to use energy efficient bulbs, such as LED, in replacement of incandescent, including the pedestrian cross-walk signal
  • Continue to increase our recycling programs residentially and commercially
  • Incentivize resident and corporate entities to utilize their recycling service more, this will help reduce the emission of gases from our landfills
  • Continue to utilize reclaimed water for the watering of our park and school lands, and expand this program anywhere large amounts of water are used for non-consumption purposes
  • Expand the use of our rain water collection program for residents utilizing irrigation systems

The ideas listed above are just a few to note. I know there are many more we can research and adapt the city of Tucson's needs. We have a responsibility as stewards of this planet and of our city to conserve our resources in the most efficient ways we can come up with. Refining our use of traditional sources of fuel to be cleaner, but always seeking new and other proven ways to fight for this beautiful earth that God has give us to live on. Just like when camping, you want to leave the area better off than how you found it. This conservationist mindset will help our planets natural ecosystem to thrive for future generations to enjoy.

Al Pesqueira is a Republican write-in candidate for mayor of Tucson.

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3 comments on this story

Sep 24, 2019, 9:50 am
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A grand solar minimum would barely make a dent in human-caused global warming


Sep 23, 2019, 1:16 pm
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Sep 23, 2019, 12:57 pm
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We must consider the Maunder Minimum, a point in the sun spot cycle that recently began, which can last from five to fifty-thousand years, but probably lasts from five to seven ( see dreams, Joseph’s coat of many colors ).  We just don’t know, because we haven’t had the tools long enough to to reach good conclusions. The last Maunder Minimum lasted for seventy years, from 1645 to 1715. Our planet has, recently, moved into a colder region of space. If it persists, we will see glaciation. Snowball Earth is far more likely than what AOC and “the Squad” are bleating about.

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Candidate commentaries on climate change

TucsonSentinel.com invited each of the candidates running for mayor of Tucson to contribute their thoughts as part of our #CoveringClimateNow series. Green Party candidate Mike Cease and Democratic Party candidate Regina Romero provided guest opinions, as did recently announced Republican write-in candidate Al Pesqueira. Ed Ackerley, an independent candidate, did not respond to multiple requests to take part.