Mark Jacobson, a Stanford Scientist, has proposed a plan to convert all 50 U.S. states to clean, renewable energy by the year 2050.
The plan is called The Solutions Project. To help better promote his plan, Mr. Jacobson brought along actor Mark Ruffalo, film director Josh Fox, along with five other key members that represent the eight in total board of directors.
The Solutions Project is doing much to help combat the widespread misinformation that we are doomed to have to continue to rely on dirty fossil fuels. The fact is that there are a plethora of renewable energy sources that can more than provide for all of our needs. These alternatives are actually much cheaper to utilize in the long run as well. The project consists of a custom-tailored state-by-state mix of ten different means of producing energy. These methods include residential PV systems, commercial/governmental PV systems, solar PV plants, wave device, concentrated solar power plants, geothermal, onshore wind, hydroelectric, offshore wind, and tidal turbines.
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This plan aims to address three major issues that are each monumental challenges; global warming, air pollution, and energy insecurity. Jacobson put it very succinctly – “drastic problems require drastic and immediate solutions.” Of course, it seems abundantly clear to me that air pollution is the most pressing of these problems. Annually, millions of people worldwide die from air pollution. This type of pollution takes more than 59,000 American lives every year.
As ambitious as this plan might seem to the pessimists out there, it is completely viable. This is because it does not seek to change the system. In fact, from a capitalistic viewpoint it makes good sense. Sure, there will be winners and losers. The powers that be do not have to be the latter. The sooner that they realize that a switch to renewable energy sources means good business over the long term, the sooner that this plan will work. In the meantime, there is much that local cities/governments and people can do to help jump start this renewable energy revolution.
It really is encouraging to know that we have the technology to make this plan work. We have the ability to preserve a livable environment for future generations. No one has to lose here, we can have a clean environment and economic prosperity at the same time, despite what the powers that be might say.