Let's not allow this debate to get sidetracked to just a discussion of climate change, as important as that is. We need to get everyone behind this plan. So let's focus on the real concerns of those who might not support it wholeheartedly: stranded assets (coal left in the ground) and the loss of jobs in the fossil fuel sector. These are real concerns. However, the health of our families, our communities and the places we live are also real concerns that affect a much wider number of people — in fact all of us. The good news for those currently employed in the fossil fuel industry is the time period over which these impacts will be implemented. It will take years, and the need for alternative energy sources will allow for a transition from coal industry jobs to a whole range of local, cleaner and safer jobs building wind, solar, biomass, tidal and other emerging sources of power.