Harvesting A New Crop of Solutions for Global Warming

Greenpeace, the Iowa Farmers Union, United Steelworkers, Des Moines Mayor Cownie, and Interfaith Power and Light demand renewable energy

Feature story - October 2, 2007
Have you ever wondered what it would take to get your Representative to act on renewable energy? Well, with the fall harvest underway in Iowa, Greenpeace activists took to the fields to stomp out their message. They formed the image of a wind turbine in a cornfield in Iowa and demanded that Iowa’s Congressional delegation take action on solutions to global warming and invest in renewable energy.

No alien involvement

What better way to get your message across than to create a clear picture?  Activists made a crop circle of a wind turbine in an Ames cornfield to demand that Congress deliver renewable energy solutions to global warming. The changing climate threatens Iowa with extreme weather, droughts, and flooding.  Warmer temperatures will severely damage crops and a changing climate will threaten tourism industries. Investing in renewable energy in Iowa would create jobs, increase investment in the state and ensure Iowa is doing its part to slow the effects of climate change.

Take action>> Tell your representative to support the Safe Climate Act.

The bill contains three elements that must be in any realistic attempt to stop global warming:

  • a national cap on global warming pollution that produces real reductions from today's levels within a decade, and reaches 80% reductions by 2050
  • a national renewable electricity standard of at least 20 percent by 2020 that includes incentives for solar and other distributed renewable energy installations
  • a significant decrease in tailpipe emissions.

Energy [R]evolution

Iowa has the potential to generate more than 20 times its electricity needs with renewable energy sources like wind farms and biomass from crops. A national standard for renewable energy (RES) would create over 5,000 new jobs for Iowa, one and half times more than from burning fossil fuels.  An RES will also create an estimated $1.6 billion in new capital investment, $430 million in income to farmers and rural landowners, and $400 million in consumer savings from lower electricity and natural gas bills, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists, an alliance of more than 200,000 citizens and scientists.

Check out Greenpeace's Energy [R]evolution: A Blueprint for Solving Global Warming. The blueprint shows how we can cut global warming pollution nearly 75 percent in the United States without nuclear power or new coal technologies. Our report is a hopeful vision of the future. It shows how renewable energy and energy efficiency can be at the heart of solutions to global warming.