Renewable 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 12.20.16

    Renewable Energy Cheaper Than Coal And Gas Across Much Of The United States

    Renewables are cheaper than coal and gas across much of the United States. For the second year in a row, wind and solar accounted for roughly two-thirds of new U.S. generating capacity, while natural gas and nuclear made up most of the rest. That’s because right now, in much of the United States, wind and solar...

    Renewables are cheaper than coal and gas across much of the United States.

    For the second year in a row, wind and solar accounted for roughly two-thirds of new U.S. generating capacity, while natural gas and nuclear made up most of the rest.

    That’s because right now, in much of the United States, wind and solar are the cheapest form of power available, according to a new report from investment bank Lazard.

    This article looks at a report that shows the progress and therefore, reduction in cost of both wind and solar energy. 

  • 11.20.16

    US Must Transition To Low-Carbon Energy

    In this article Jeffery Sachs outlines how and why the U.S. should transition to low carbon energy. He states that while the Trump administration has talked about the resurgence of coal and other fossil fuels, he believes that the pushback from other world leaders and millennials makes this less than likely. Sac...

    In this article Jeffery Sachs outlines how and why the U.S. should transition to low carbon energy.

    He states that while the Trump administration has talked about the resurgence of coal and other fossil fuels, he believes that the pushback from other world leaders and millennials makes this less than likely. 

    Sachs' roadmap to a transition to low carbon energy includes three steps:

    1. Energy efficiency: cutting back on excessive energy use through switching to energy-saving technologies.

    2. Transitioning to zero carbon electricity: by 2050 electricity should be generated entirely by non-carbon sources.

    3. Fuel switching: instead of burning fossil fuels in cars, people would use electricity or other substitutes.

    Sachs describes that global warming has already had major impacts on the world and the United States of America is in a prime position to use it's readily-available renewable energy sources to transition away from carbon energy and mitigate further consequences of global warming. 

  • 09.22.16

    Recalculating The Climate Math

    In this article, Bill McKibben investigates the question "How much more new digging and drilling can we do and still keep the atmosphere temperature rise below 2 degrees?" His answer: None. Based on a report from Oil Change International McKibben demonstrates that the amount of carbon that exists in current oil ...

    In this article, Bill McKibben investigates the question "How much more new digging and drilling can we do and still keep the atmosphere temperature rise below 2 degrees?"

    His answer: None. 

    Based on a report from Oil Change International McKibben demonstrates that the amount of carbon that exists in current oil and gas wells exceeds the amount of carbon that the world can safely emit into the atmosphere and have a reasonable chance of staying beneath the 2 degree limit.

    McKibben argues that we have already raised the world's temperature by 1 degree can have seen drastic effects - half the ice in the arctic has melted, huge swaths of coral has died out, there have been increases in floods and droughts, recent months have broken records for heat, areas of the world have approached temperatures that humans cannot survive. 

    He calls for an immediate cease to new exploration and a managed decline of the fossil fuel industry because "We literally cannot keep doing what we're doing if we want to have a planet."

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