Energy

  • 07.10.18

    Renewable Energy Around the World

    The United States is the wealthiest nation in the history of the world and we have been a leader in so many ways across different generations. However, when it comes to climate science and renewable energy we are falling behind other countries who have taken the leadership and initiative to move towards 100% renewa...

    The United States is the wealthiest nation in the history of the world and we have been a leader in so many ways across different generations. However, when it comes to climate science and renewable energy we are falling behind other countries who have taken the leadership and initiative to move towards 100% renewable energy.

    This video outlines some of the ways that other countries around the world are moving towards renewable energy - the types of renewable energy production, as well as the strategies for how to get there. 

  • 04.27.18

    Achieving 100% Renewable Energy

    What Medicare for All is to the health care debate, or Fight for $15 is to the battle about inequality, 100% Renewable is to the struggle for the planet's future. It's how progressives will think about energy going forward....

    What Medicare for All is to the health care debate, or Fight for $15 is to the battle about inequality, 100% Renewable is to the struggle for the planet’s future. It’s how progressives will think about energy going forward.

  • 04.02.18

    China's Bold Energy Vision

    China's proposed Global Energy Interconnection - based on renewables, ultra-high-voltage transmission, and an AI-powered smart grid - represents the boldest global initiative by any government to achieve the goals of the Paris climate agreement. It is a strategy fit for the scale of the most important challenge the...

    China’s proposed Global Energy Interconnection – based on renewables, ultra-high-voltage transmission, and an AI-powered smart grid – represents the boldest global initiative by any government to achieve the goals of the Paris climate agreement. It is a strategy fit for the scale of the most important challenge the world faces today.

    Tags: Energy, China
  • 02.19.18

    Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s OFF Act for Pathway to 100% Clean Energy Economy Gains National Momentum

    Rep. Tulsi Gabbard's (HI-02) Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act (OFF Act), H.R. 3671, continues to gain momentum, adding 28 Congressional cosponsors and over 400 endorsements from clean energy, climate change, and environmental organizations since introduction. Building on progress made in Hawai'i and other s...

    Washington, DC—Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s (HI-02) Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act (OFF Act), H.R. 3671, continues to gain momentum, adding 28 Congressional cosponsors and over 400 endorsements from clean energy, climate change, and environmental organizations since introduction. Building on progress made in Hawai‘i and other states, this legislation will put the United States on a pathway to replace fossil fuels with 100 percent clean energy generation and use by 2035.

     

  • 11.20.17

    US must transition to low-carbon energy

    Energy is the lifeblood of the economy. Without ample, safe, and low-cost energy, it is impossible to secure the benefits of modern life. For two centuries, fossil fuels - coal, oil, and natural gas - offered the key to America's and the world's growing energy needs. Now, because of global warming, we have to shift...

    Energy is the lifeblood of the economy. Without ample, safe, and low-cost energy, it is impossible to secure the benefits of modern life. For two centuries, fossil fuels — coal, oil, and natural gas — offered the key to America’s and the world’s growing energy needs. Now, because of global warming, we have to shift rapidly to a new low-carbon energy system.

  • 08.22.17

    The Unimaginable is Now Possible: 100% Renewable Energy. We Can't Settle for Less.

    The knock on environmentalists is that they've been better at opposing than proposing. Sure, being against overheating the planet or melting the ice caps should probably speak for itself-but it doesn't give us a means. So it's important news that the environmental movement seems to be rallying round a new flag. Tha...

    The knock on environmentalists is that they've been better at opposing than proposing. Sure, being against overheating the planet or melting the ice caps should probably speak for itself—but it doesn’t give us a means. So it’s important news that the environmental movement seems to be rallying round a new flag. That standard bears a number: 100 percent.

  • 04.20.17

    How Much Can This Planet Stand?

    In this article Bill McKibben talks about the potentially disastrous effects of a policy approach to carbon emissions that ignores the science of climate change. "What I mean is, we have only a short window to deal with the climate crisis or else we forever lose the chance to thwart truly catastrophic heating." M...

    In this article Bill McKibben talks about the potentially disastrous effects of a policy approach to carbon emissions that ignores the science of climate change.

    "What I mean is, we have only a short window to deal with the climate crisis or else we forever lose the chance to thwart truly catastrophic heating."

    McKibben states that many of the aspects of President Trump's approach to energy policy will have longer term effects: "The effects will be felt not immediately but over decades and centuries and millenniums. More ice will melt, and that will cut the planet’s reflectivity, amplifying the warming; more permafrost will thaw, and that will push more methane into the atmosphere, trapping yet more heat. The species that go extinct as a result of the warming won’t mostly die in the next four years, but they will die. The nations that will be submerged won’t sink beneath the waves on his watch, but they will sink. No president will be able to claw back this time — crucial time, since we’re right now breaking the back of the climate system."

  • 04.03.17

    Coal And The Energy Future

    During the 2016 presidential race, Donald Trump talked a significant amount about "putting people back to work. And one of the industries he focused on most was the coal industry." In this video, Prof. Robert Reich looks at the numbers of jobs in the coal industry compared to the solar and wind industries: "In 198...

    During the 2016 presidential race, Donald Trump talked a significant amount about "putting people back to work. And one of the industries he focused on most was the coal industry."

    In this video, Prof. Robert Reich looks at the numbers of jobs in the coal industry compared to the solar and wind industries: "In 1985 the coal industry employed a over 178,000 miners. By 2016, it employed just 56,000. By contrast, in 2016, wind and solar energy provided more than 6 times the number of jobs as coal. The trend is toward even more jobs in wind and solar, regardless of what Trump does."

    Reich believes that the country should focus on helping people get jobs in the growing wind and solar industries rather than the coal industry. 

    "It’s our choice." 

    Tags: Energy, Coal, Jobs
  • 02.28.17

    The Solutions Project

    The Solutions Project is an organization that works to demonstrate and accelerate the United States' transition to 100% renewable energy. Their goal is to transition the United States and the world to 80% reliance on renewable energy by the year 2030 and 100% reliance on renewable energy by the year 2050. They env...

    The Solutions Project is an organization that works to demonstrate and accelerate the United States' transition to 100% renewable energy.

    Their goal is to transition the United States and the world to 80% reliance on renewable energy by the year 2030 and 100% reliance on renewable energy by the year 2050. They envision that this will primarily be through the expansion of multiple facets of solar and wind energy.Solutions World Transition

     

  • 02.27.17

    Senator Bernie Sanders And Bill Nye Discuss Climate Change

    Senator Bernie Sanders and Bill Nye sit down to discuss a number of issues around climate change, energy, and the future of science in America. Bill Nye begins his description of the current issue around climate change with a description of the consequences of doing nothing - including that sea level rise would di...

    Senator Bernie Sanders and Bill Nye sit down to discuss a number of issues around climate change, energy, and the future of science in America.

    Bill Nye begins his description of the current issue around climate change with a description of the consequences of doing nothing - including that sea level rise would displace millions of people around the globe and disproportionately affect lower income, and third world countries. He describes that "the science is settled" and skeptics are misinterpreting scientific uncertainty about minor elements of climate change to be uncertainty about the entirety of climate change. 

    They then discuss the transition to renewable energy. Bill Nye mentions his support for the "Solutions Project" that has laid out a plan that will transition the United States to 80% renewable energy in 15 years and 100% renewable energy in 30 years through converting all transportation to electric modes, and covering every roof with solar panels. Nye encourages young engineers to innovate and create a new electric grid that would collect electricity from all across the country. 

    Ultimately, Nye states that he wants to be able to find common ground on climate change and make this country the leader in renewable energy technology, space exploration, and addressing climate change.