On behalf of all people, planet-wide, I wish to present this powerful and thoughtful possibility. With thanks to Robert Redford, The Natural Resources Defense Council, and even BP, without which we, at least in America and hopefully internationally, might never have seized an opportunity to truly reflect on the damage we have caused.
Copyright © 2010. Natural Resources Defense Council
Comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation could create 2 million jobs, cut 2 billion tons of pollution and save 2 trillion dollars.
A bill can create two million American jobsthat can’t be shipped overseas and build a domestic clean energy market that will allow U.S. firms to compete in the rapidly expanding global clean tech industry. The money saved comes from cutting our oil imports in half. And by reducing our pollution, we simultaneously address the most pressing environmental challenge of our time — climate change.
We cannot wait any longer to put our nation on a path to clean energy.
Americans support these goals. To achieve them, comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation must do four things:
These are the cornerstones of a successful bill that will make our economy stronger and our country more secure. Oil and coal companies are expected to spend millions lobbying to protect their profits and keep the United States dependent on polluting energy sources. The oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexicographically demonstrates the dangers of our dependence on fossil fuels.
Rising global temperatures, even at the lower end of predicted ranges, could cause extensive melting of sea ice and glaciers, widening desertification, sea level rise and other changes that could be potentially devastating for the United States, our economy and people around the world. This year alone, smokestacks and tailpipes worldwide will pump a record 33 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the air, most from the burning of coal, oil and gas. The United States can’t wait any longer to curb emissions, reduce our dependence on oil and develop clean energy technologies.
References for The Fix . . .
- Jobs that Build a Better Future. Natural Resources Defense Council.
- Renewable Energy For America. Natural Resources Defense Council.
- Clean Energy Smears. Natural Resources Defense Council.
- Switchboard. Feature: Disaster in the Gulf. Natural Resources Defense Council.
- The Consequences of Global Warming if Climate Change]. Natural Resources Defense Council.