In an effort to address the threat of global warming and climate change, President Obama and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently implemented the Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce 30 percent of carbon emissions from the power sector by 2030. The plan also includes an incentive program that rewards states that make early investments in renewable energy and low-income energy efficiency. In today's post, you'll discover where clean energy is happening and the opportunities that promote the renewable-energy movement.
Solar is the pathway to the future in addressing the energy planning challenges of tomorrow
According to The Wall Street Journal, 2014 ranked as the hottest year on record globally since 1880. As 2015 ramps up to break that record, it's clear that climate change has rapidly become a challenge that threatens us all. "In our globalized world, everything is interconnected," writes Adnan Z. Amin, director-general of The International Renewable Energy Agency and contributor to The Huffington Post. "Water, energy and climate can no longer be thought of as separate issues. The only effective, immediately available solution to meet the rising demand for water and energy, while also mitigating climate change, is to scale up renewable energy and phase out fossil fuels." In an effort to do so, 2016 presidential candidates are taking action in an effort to plan for tomorrow.
For example, Bernie Sanders is tackling the conversation on climate change and the environment by continuing to implement efforts that oppose the Keystone Pipeline, support the installation of renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The 2016 candidate and Vermont senator isn't waiting until his potential presidential candidacy to make environmental strides. On the same day the White House proposed the Clean Power Plan, Sanders introduced the Low Income Solar Act of 2015, which seeks to make solar energy more accessible to low-income families, households and businesses.
The take from climate scientists
While people are still skeptical about climate change, approximately 97 percent of climate scientists now agree that climate change is likely due to human activities. With the help of renewable energy, however, we can make global strides in an effort to combat the negative impact of climate change. In fact, according to the SEIA: "Solar produces less life-cycle ghg emissions than conventional fossil fuel energy sources. While there may be some ghg emissions produced during the manufacturing and recycling of the solar system, the generation of energy from the solar system results in zero ghg emissions and zero environmental impact."
As solar panels become the norm throughout the world, the U.S. has an opportunity to lead the international community in deploying energy solutions that mitigate devastating damage and ultimately create a better future for generations to come.
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