A Clean Renewable Energy Future
It is clear from our scripture and faith traditions that God has created the earth we live upon with sufficient resources and energy for vibrant life for humans and other creatures without any necessity to despoil or plunder. As people whose faith is in the Creator God, we must resolutely press in to align ourselves with God's creation purpose. And that purpose includes God-created clean, renewable energy.
We need to lead societies in developing national energy policies that are clean, sustainable, renewable, and that provide a high quality of life. The way through to this future is increasingly becoming clear as studies are showing. What is needed is public policy change that will drive forward this new future. And public policy change will require strong grassroots organizing to educate and mobilize the population.
Beyond Business As Usual: Technology and Economics for an American Clean Energy Future
Scientific American feature article (Nov. 2009) on plan to power world with 100% Renewables
National Renewable Energy Laboratory Proposal (July 2012) that could power 80% of USA
9 Principles of an American Clean Energy Agenda (June 2012)
Projected Job and Investment Impacts of Policy Requiring 25% Renewable Energy by 2025 in Michigan (study by Michigan State University, August 2012)
Pastor starts WV nonprofit outreach that helps homeowners install cost-saving solar panels
How Sunk Costs Drive Nuclear Power (Forbes, January 2013)
Sustainble Williamson (West Virginia town moving toward post-coal energy economy)
Electricity Generation is Over-consuming Water in Southeast U.S. (Scientific American June 2012)
The Water Footprint of Our Electricity (River Network, April 2012; .pdf)
A Plan to Power 100% of the Planet with Renewables (Jacobson & Delucci, Scientific American, 2010)
Stanford Synopsis of above and also Worldwatch on above
Renewable Electricity Futures Study(.pdf)
U.S. Department of Energy Says Current Green Technology could supply 80% of Nation's Energy
Map of U.S. Power Grid
Energy Strategy Reviews Paper Shows 95% Renwable Energy Possible by 2050 and link to Summary
GE Installs First Wind Turbines with Battery Technology for More Even Power
Fracking Annually Uses Up 7 billion gallons of Water in Water-Scarce Western States
Flooding Threatens Nuclear Power Plant Meltdown in Southeast if Nearby Dams Blow
American Clean Energy Agenda is endorsed by 36 grassroots organizations including Christians For The Mountains
The technology is available. The costs actually save money. See reports by Synapse Energy Economics and Civil Society Institute.
On April 25, 2012, the Civil Society Institute released a national opinion poll conducted by ORC International finding that:
||More than three out of four Americans (77 percent) - including 70 percent of Republicans, 76 percent of Independents, and 85 percent of Democrats -- believe that "the energy industry's extensive and well-financed public relations, campaign contributions and lobbying machine is a major barrier to moving beyond business as usual when it comes to America's energy policy."
||More than eight out of 10 Americans (83 percent) - including 69 percent of Republicans, 84 percent of Independents, and 95 percent of Democrats -- agree with the following statement: "The time is now for a new, grassroots-driven politics to realize a renewable energy future. Congress is debating large public investments in energy and we need to take action to ensure that our taxpayer dollars support renewable energy-- one that protects public health, promotes energy independence and the economic well being of all Americans."