Professor: U.S. can switch to 100% green energy by 2050

February 19, 2014 by  
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Professor: U.S. can switch to 100% green energy by 2050

According to thesolutionsproject.org, Professor Jacobson and his team have created 50 state plans for 50 states to transition to 100 percent renewable energy.

Each plan identifies a custom mix of wind, water and solar (WWS) to power energy for all purposes. The plans will stabilize energy prices, create jobs, minimize air pollution, and begin to eliminate global warming.

“The new roadmap is designed to provide each state a first step toward a renewable future,” said Jacobson.

“It provides all of the basic information, such as how many wind turbines and solar panels would be needed to power each state, how much land area would be required, what would be the cost and cost savings, how many jobs would be created, how much pollution-related mortality and global-warming emissions would be avoided.”

According to phys.org, hovering a cursor over California, for example, reveals that the Golden State can meet virtually all of its power demands (transportation, electricity, heating, etc.) in 2050 by switching to a clean technology portfolio that is 55 percent solar, 35 percent wind (on- and offshore), 5 percent geothermal and 4 percent hydroelectric.

Allvoices reports this national outreach effort is led by Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford, actor Mark Ruffalo (co-star of The Avengers), film director Josh Fox and others.

Mother Jones reports actor Mark Ruffalo saying:

“For the first time in human history, we’re actually at a place, technologically speaking, where we can make this transition. And the amount of money, and resources, that we pour into this fossil fuel infrastructure, which has been an appendage to us, like a third leg that we’re dragging around, will be freed up, and no longer will we be worrying about having to extract energy. We’ll be just harvesting what’s already pouring on us every single day.”

Ruffalo’s shift toward clean energy advocacy was a natural evolution from his fight against fracking.

The Solutions Project is designed to raise public awareness about the possibilities that open up by making a concerted effort to switch to clean energy.

What the team revealed at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, will provide further ammunition to those arguing that a fracking frenzy and the rush to exploit shale-gas resources is unsustainable as a long-term solution to the US energy needs, reports Allvoices.

For more information on The Solutions Project, you can visit thesolutionsproject.org.

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