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  • Monday, September 17, 2012


    Claiming the Future: A Seven-Point Action Plan for Repowering America

    Ron Pernick, September 4, 2012 (Clean Edge)

    “Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention…ought to serve as an urgent wake-up call to anyone that cares about America’s energy, environmental, and economic future…[C]lean tech is…the stuff of major multinationals such as GE, Toyota, and Siemens who are investing and making billions of dollars…[and of startups] working to innovate electric vehicles, solar power finance, and plastics recycling; and of young Americans…working to advance clean technologies, address climate change, and build thriving…ventures.”

    “…[R]enewables energy production isn’t a marginal industry; it’s expanding rapidly in importance and penetration…Perhaps this growth is exactly why some entrenched interests – and the politicians they fund – are working so hard to demonize clean tech, spread misinformation, and demoralize its supporters. But…renewables are overwhelmingly supported by citizens of all stripes and affiliations in poll after poll.

    “…Our research shows that the world’s industrialized nations could pursue…Large-scale deployment of both centralized and distributed renewables, including solar, wind, and geothermal…The targeted use of current and next-generation natural gas power plants…Aggressive investments in a smart, two-way grid…The cost-effective and low-hanging fruit of energy efficiency…”

    “…[T]he majority of U.S. citizens believe that our nation’s future should be firmly planted in advanced energy technologies, not the polluting fossil fuels that powered the last century. For the sake of our nation, let’s hope that whoever is sitting in the White House in January 2013 will support the efforts of Americans across the country in moving forward, not backwards, and in emboldening America’s technology-driven, problem-solving culture. Nothing less than our nation’s economic competitiveness and the health of future generations relies on it…”


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