COVID-19 Forces Climate Change Efforts to Take a Back Seat


As we well know, climate change is one of the leading health issues in our country, which is why many states have climate change goals as we strive to work towards a more sustainable future. However, in recent months, COVID-19 has become our main focus. As the entire world grapples with this global pandemic, climate change is being severely impacted. In this blog, we examine both the short-term and long-term effects of COVID-19 on climate change. Continue reading to learn more.

Short-Term Effects

In an MIT Sloan School of Management study conducted by Prof. Christopher Knittel and Prof. Jing Li, results demonstrate that air pollution has been significantly reduced. As the United States and other countries throughout the world have enacted tighter restrictions and stay at home orders, far fewer people are flying, driving, and littering. From the end of March through the first week of June, the professors noted that carbon emissions in China dropped by 25% and in the U.S. by 15%. This massive drop in carbon emissions is the largest recorded drop in history.

However, while our air quality has improved, we are seeing that the renewable energy industry is suffering. As our country, and the entire world, continues to focus on COVID-19, climate change efforts have taken a back seat. In 2020, electric vehicle sales are expected to drop by over 40% as gas prices are low and fewer people are on the road each day. In addition, the solar energy industry is experiencing a delay in projects as factories are closed down, jobs have been lost, and workers are trying to stay safe during the pandemic. With over 600,000 jobs already lost in the clean energy industry, we can see how harmful COVID-19 is in regards to climate change efforts.

Long-Term Effects

The long-term effects of COVID-19 on climate change truly depend on how soon we can reopen our economy in the U.S. Our climate change efforts are reliant on funding and with the economy suffering, each state is far less likely to invest in renewable energy. Delaying renewable energy efforts by just one year will have consequences that far outweigh the benefits of the short-term reduction in carbon emissions.

It is feared that the U.S. will enter a persistent recession, in which we will experience an even greater disruption to supply chains.

What You Can Do About It

The future is uncertain, but it is clear that renewable energy investments need to remain a priority. As we focus our efforts on COVID-19, it is imperative that we stay committed to fighting climate change. While carbon emissions are down right now, the long-term consequences of neglecting our investments in clean energy are far more serious and outweigh the short-term benefits we are seeing.

The team here at SunPower by Sea Bright Solar remains committed to delivering premium-quality solar energy services to residents throughout New Jersey and beyond. We specialize in renewable energy solutions and are here to help you along your clean energy journey. Whether you are an existing customer of ours, or you are interested in investing in renewable energy, we are here to help.

Our team will continue to address climate change while doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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