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.

It’s been inspiring to see the many examples of recent progress toward our goal of 100 percent renewable energy. But, it’s important to remember that we’re all standing on the shoulders of committed people who have forged the path. There is perhaps no better example than David Freeman. For more than 50 years, David has been working as a government official, public power executive, and as a citizen to move the ball forward on clean energy.  

So I was pleased, but not surprised, to see his new book All Electric America; which describes how getting to 100 percent renewable energy is as feasible as it is necessary. David and his co-author Leah Parks make the case that we should take all the time, energy, and resources we currently invest in fossil fuels and other dirty sources and shift to an electric economy powered by renewables by no later than mid-century.

From working on the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency in the Nixon Administration, promoting conservation and renewable energy over nuclear power as head of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA - the Sacramento Municipal Utility District) to promoting clean energy and electric cars across the country, David Freeman has stuck with it.  

All Electric America is an important piece of work that all of us should read. But, it’s also a potent reminder of David Freeman’s commitment to be in it for the long haul. With much work to do to overcome powerful interests intent on slowing progress; we could all do well to follow his example.  

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