In his State of the Union address, we all waited for the President to address the climate crisis facing this planet and unfortunately, it never happened. Global warming has become one of our biggest challenges and it is time to start focusing on solutions. Our latest report,"Energy [R]evolution" details how we can cut global CO2 emissions in half by 2050, using existing technology, and still provide affordable energy and economic growth.
"Instead of creating a real national plan to combat global
warming and increase energy security, the President has ensured his
legacy of failure while continuing to represent the interests of
the energy industry. Yesterday, the President proposed an
alternative fuels proposal that could actually increase
global warming pollution." - John Passacantando
The debate about global warming is over and it is clear that
solutions are needed now. The
Energy [R]evolution is the road map for how to provide power
without fueling global warming. We don't need to look to dirty and
expensive energy sources such as nuclear and coal to solve our
energy crisis. Reliable renewable energy and conservation can be
used to make the cut in carbon emmisions necessary to prevent
"It's a favorite talking point in Washington that dealing with
global warming means nuclear power and so-called 'clean coal,'"
said John Coequyt, Energy Policy Analyst for the Greenpeace Global
Warming Campaign. "President Bush just said so again last night.
But now we know we don't need to make this deal with the devil.
The fact is that a cleaner, smarter energy future is both feasible
The new study details a worldwide energy scenario where:
- In the United States, nearly 80% of our electricity can be
produced by renewable energy sources.
- Carbon dioxide emissions can be reduced 50% globally and 72% in
the U.S. without resorting to an increase in dangerous nuclear
power or new coal technologies.
- America's oil use can be cut over 50% by 2050 with much more
efficient cars and trucks, potentially including new plug-in
hybrids, increased use of biofuels, and greater reliance on
electricity for transportation.
The plan also details how large developing countries like India,
China and Brazil can develop and grow using renewable energy to
avoid the mistakes of old climate-changing energy economies of
developed countries. We can make a safe and sustainable global
energy scenario a reality.
Making the change possible
A revolution in energy policy
It's clear that a "business as usual" approach to our energy
supply cannot continue. The longer we wait to make the necessary
changes, the tougher these changes are going to need to be. The
next three years will bring major energy investiments in countries
around the world. In the US , we have the opportunity to say
good-bye to old, dirty energy sources and welcome to a new clean
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An evolution in energy use
Governments around the world and industry need to be leaders in
the way that energy is produced. But we all have the
responsibility to make changes in the way that we use energy.
Being smart about the way that we use energy can double energy
efficiency by 2050. Take a few green steps towards a greener
Energy Revolution is not just our vision for the future. It was
written with the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC) and in
conjunction with specialists from the German Space Agency and more
than 30 scientists and engineers from universities, institutes and
the renewable energy industry around the world.
Tell Congress to act now on global warming.