It's time to break our addiction to fossil fuels
When we burn coal, oil and natural gas, we release greenhouse gasses that trap heat and warm the planet. Unfortunately, many sportsmen don't realize that renewable energy sources like solar, wind, geothermal and hydro, coupled with increases in energy efficiency, can meet America's energy needs. We currently have the technology, the know-how, and the resources to power the United States with clean, renewable energy.
What we lack, at least so far, is the will-power. Mark Jacobson of Stanford University has detailed a viable path towards 100% clean, renewable energy for America by 2050. To learn more, please visit The Solutions Project or watch the Yale Climate Connections video below.
Looking for further inspiration? The country of Portugal recently supplied all their electrical power over a four day stretch with renewables. If Portugal is already covering 100% of its electrical needs for short stretches, just imagine what the U.S. will be able to do when we put American ingenuity and know-how to work.
One final point. In addition to cutting our CO2 emissions, clean, renewable energy sources like wind and solar can help move us away from large, centralized power systems and offer more choice and resiliency for our electrical needs. When we put solar panels on our roof, or add a wind-powered generator, we become less reliant on the electrical grid and less dependent on expensive fossil fuel energy.
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