Environment America Blog
We know we can have healthier communities right now and a livable future for kids growing up today. But to get there, we must transform the way we produce and consume energy. That’s got to start with a commitment to 100 percent clean, renewable energy.
One of the talking points for opponents to 100 percent renewable energy is the false contention that wind and solar are intermittent energy sources and would lead to an unreliable power system. Of course, that’s all it is – a talking point. The truth is that once enough of the right people agree on the goal, our nation has the ingenuity and the skilled workforce to make it happen.
That’s why I was so pleased to see that the Proceedings of the Natural Academy of Sciences, one of the most prestigious scholarly journals in the U.S., recognized a recent study showing that achieving a 100 percent renewable grid at a low cost is possible, and praised it’s “scientific excellence and originality.” Mark Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University, who authored the report along with Mark A. Delucchi, Mary A. Cameron, and Bethany A. Frew, won the 2015 Cozzarelli Prize, which recognizes outstanding contributions to science represented by the National Academy of Sciences. His paper was chosen out of more than three thousand research papers that were featured in the National Academy of Sciences journal last year.
We need a “can do” attitude on this issue to become a nation powered entirely by renewable energy. Mark and his team exhibit that attitude by helping to make the substantive and factual case that we can get there.
Thanks to the hard work of Mark Jacobson and his team, the promise and progress of a transition to 100 percent renewable energy is growing every day!
Stay tuned for more renewable energy news!
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