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Renewables Can Create Jobs and Heal the Planet: Report


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Renewables Can Create Jobs and Heal the Planet: Report

Nadia Prupis, staff writer

The U.S. can reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050, while creating half a million jobs a year and lowering energy costs for consumers, simply by limiting use of fossil fuels and allowing the renewables sector continue to grow at its current pace, according to a new report published this week.


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A great plan and mention should be made that 350.org helped formulate it but will the republicans read it? Even here among progressives the urge is to argue and vent not discuss and brain storm. Still it is wise that such plans are developed even if the commenting community here at CD is napping.

The trouble is that the plan depends on convincing evidence that we really don't have to do anything to achieve its aims. Yes I actually read it... evidently the only one... ahem!

What the hell fun is that? We just need to keep along the trends as they are now? Wow! Great news that... should work then right?

Yeah sure. What no new nuclear plants? I hope not but will it go down that way? Phase out coal totally by 2050 but meanwhile Obama will allow our coal to be burned overseas, so that ends that idea. Even nuclear plants will have 80 years before decommissioning (some are a long ways towards that goal already though).

Electric cars and gee I guess we are in Kansas wind power Dorothy? Well ...um ... maybe. That's a big what if Dano!

Maybe we'd be better off making something happen rather than expecting that we'd be okay doing things just the way we are doing them now... because we really aren't doing them like we think we are right now?

And what happens if the repubs get in? Sigh.

In any case... the plan is a testament to the progress that we have made as a species so far... will it be enough? Some well respected people are saying it can be like what is described in this report... but this is a what if we do this report and not a what we've done already report.

What if... is still a long way to go as yet. 2050 we could do it this report says...!!!

2050 could also see a possible 10 ft sea level rise too. There is that... too.


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Hey Wereflea.... Good Post... Right on....


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Yet another report focusing on the 18% of greenhouse gases emitted by "industry," ignoring the 51% emitted by agribusiness, i.e., the animal slaughter industry. Why people who call themselves "progressives" continue to eat meat amazes me.


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In a new development (of course the devil is in the details) the US may have taken a positive step to protecting the arctic from oil & gas drilling.

"The U.S. Interior Department announced Friday it is canceling future lease sales and will not extended current leases in Arctic waters off Alaska's northern coast, a decision that significantly reduces the chances for future Arctic offshore drilling."

"This is great for the Arctic and its polar bears," said Miyoko Sakashita of the Center for Biological Diversity. "We need to keep all the Arctic oil in the ground."


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Renewables will crush fossil fuels if we develop our low-hanging fruit innovations now.

If we don't it's like sitting around waiting for a forest fire to get bigger. Don't wait!.

If we say, "we have to vanquish the fossil fuel industry in Congress first", we could be waiting for decades. Don't make that colossal blunder, folks! Bug your climate leaders to shift 1% of their priorities, or else!


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For conservatives the only renewable is more of the same.


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Our oil/gas industry is already asking for permission to develop more geothermal energy. We should encourage them, while also cutting down on fossil fuel. I hope we can get a carbon tax, use its prohibitive tariff effect to reduce demand for fossil fuel, payoff only our too big to fail fossil fuel firms for their losses to it, kick all small enough to fail fossil fuel firms out of energy sector, and use what is left of carbon tax revenue to contract with our too big to fail MIC firms to make equipment for making our electric grid more resilient and reliable and for harnessing renewable energy. We will also have to pay our too big to fail fossil fuel firms for loss of sales to equipment bought by federal government this way and placed with electric utilities by having utilities keep only 20% of return from using the equipment for harnessing renewable energy and pay the other 80% of return to too big to fail fossil fuel firms for their loss of sales.


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"The world can be powered by alternative energy, using today's technology, in 20-40 years, says Stanford researcher Mark Z. Jacobson A new study – co-authored by Stanford researcher Mark Z. Jacobson and UC-Davis researcher Mark A. Delucchi – analyzing what is needed to convert the world's energy supplies to clean and sustainable sources says that it can be done with today's technology at costs roughly comparable to conventional energy. But converting will be a massive undertaking on the scale of the moon landings. What is needed most is the societal and political will to make it happen. "
Stanford Report, January 26, 2011
http://news.stanford.edu/news/2011/january/jacobson-world-energy-012611.html

“… presents a proposed solution to global warming and air pollution, namely, the conversion of the world's energy infrastructure to a large-scale, clean, renewable one. Because air pollution and global warming, in particular, are so severe, a rapid and large-scale conversion is needed. The main barriers are not technical, resource based, or even economic. Instead, they are social and political. “
~ Mark Z. Jacobson, "Air Pollution and Global Warming: History, Science, and Solutions," Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2012. [2nd Ed]
Mark Z. Jacobson https://web.stanford.edu/group/efmh/jacobson/POLbook2/index.html

Stanford Professor Mark Jacobson at Pathways to 100% Renewable Energy Conference
last 100 years, 100 million died too soon!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XCYlCF3QuQ 13mins

Roadmaps for Transitioning the US to Wind, Water and Solar Power

Specific plans have been completed for all 50 US States and plans for an additional 139 countries are being completed
TheSolutionsProject.org


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It is feasible and viable to get to 100% by 2050!!!! Very Specific plans have been done:

"The world can be powered by alternative energy, using today's technology, in 20-40 years, says Stanford researcher Mark Z. Jacobson A new study – co-authored by Stanford researcher Mark Z. Jacobson and UC-Davis researcher Mark A. Delucchi – analyzing what is needed to convert the world's energy supplies to clean and sustainable sources says that it can be done with today's technology at costs roughly comparable to conventional energy. But converting will be a massive undertaking on the scale of the moon landings. What is needed most is the societal and political will to make it happen. "
Stanford Report, January 26, 2011
http://news.stanford.edu/news/2011/january/jacobson-world-energy-012611.html

2014 Wind turbines could reduce damage from hurricanes without breaking themselves
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/plugged-in/wind-turbines-could-reduce-damage-from-hurricanes-without-breaking-themselves/

2013 How to Power the World without Fossil Fuels
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-to-power-the-world/

2010 Cutting Soot Emissions May Slow Climate Change in the Arctic
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/cutting-soot-emissions-may-slow-climate-change-in-the-arctic/

2009 A Plan to Power 100 Percent of the Planet with Renewables
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/a-path-to-sustainable-energy-by-2030/

TheSolutionsProject.org plans for the 50 US States; additional plans for 139 countries being done!


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Yes we could ... because we have the technology.

Yes we should ... because it is very logical and sane.

Yes we will ... is something else again.


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While I'm all for renewables as part of a larger movement, it makes me nervous to see it pitched as part of a solution that includes jobs and economic growth, those perennial carrots used to sell virtually anything a politician wants to sell.
Elsewhere on CD today, there are a few articles that lay out why we need to address the central narratives that underlie business-as-usual, rather than just convert more coal plants to wind farms.
While I'm as much a part of the problem as anyone else, commuting to my desk job so I can pay my mortgage and internet bill, I'm increasingly of the mind that incremental changes run the risk of slowing down the kind of systemic changes we really need to see if we want to truly address the root issue.


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This graph shows Auto production jobs continuing to increase...
If that is the case we are cooked geese...
Auto Addiction is the root of Oil Addiction accounting for 70% of US oil usage.
We need to DECREASE the number of cars and replace them with renewably electrically powered trains, lightRail, trolleys, bicycles and walkable communities. as Naomi Klein warns lets not fool ourselves that REDUCING Wars, Auto Addiction and consumer junk are not going to decrease jobs over all or at least hours worked. The Auto Addiction complex is a huge provider of jobs which is why Obama bailed out the US automakers in 2009 with our tax dollars. It is not just the cars sold, which as noted does NOT decrease in this proposed graph, it is the ambulances, ER workers, traffic police , traffic courts, Auto insurance and of course the endless road repaving.
Some of these jobs will be replaced by permanent jobs running Green Transit as opposed to driving. And also of course there would be jobs manufacturing the railcars, locomotives, electric buses and shuttles etc.
But to realistically deal with Peak Oil/Limits to growth and Climate Change we need to get away from this ridiculous attitude that just having a job in order to make more money to consume more private junk is a good idea. We should be working LESS not MORE with a more efficient economy which does not waste or have planned obsolescence but spread the work around.
Reduce the 8 hour day and 40 hour workweek which was originally a radical proposal of Communists and socialists 100 years ago, retire earlier, provide for more education for the sake of learning not just a career....


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Everything you say is true except that 'systemic changes' are the problem that is least able to be achieved in time ... and we don't have all that time!

Step by step rather than incremental is perhaps more of what is needed. It isn't that every jack and jill the world over needs to put solar on their roof tomorrow (We wish they would nonetheless) or that fossil fuels should be left in the ground (we wish this even more so) but that while millions of Jacks and Jills install rooftop solar every year, we also should see the shut downs of coal fired plants and the erecting of solar plants and wind farms instead.

Both need to be implemented as fast as possible but while small incremental changes can only help in small incremental ways... big systemic changes are very hard if not impossible to achieve (realistically) over a short time period.

Call it incremental systemic changes and just maybe that is doable?