Posts Tagged economic policy

Look Towards the Sun

Solar energy is hot—literally. Today, increasingly more people are becoming fascinated by the savings renewable energy can offer.  And savings is a hopeful word in today’s economic turmoil.  So, what is solar energy exactly? Wikipedia  puts it simply, “Solar Energy is the radiant light and heat from the Sun that has been harnessed by humans since ancient times using a range of ever-evolving technologies. Solar radiation along with secondary solar resources such as wind and wave power, hydroelectricity and biomass account for most of the available renewable energy on Earth. Only a minuscule fraction of the available solar energy is used.” Thanks to President Obama, that small fraction is slowing growing.

Governor Charlie Crist was present yesterday to unveil the installation of Florida Atlantic University’s (FAU) first large-scale solar roof. This will harvest Florida’s sunlight abundance into useful energy. The initial up-front investment was indeed costly, but the monetary benefits combined with the decrease in the usage of our natural resources is immeasurable. There is little or no maintenance with solar panels. “More than 230 solar panels were installed on the roof, producing energy that will help reduce the building’s current demand and prevent greenhouse gas emissions.” To read more about this energy saving investment, visit, The Business Journal

So what kinds of energy conservation and efficiency can you do now on a smaller scale for your home? Here are some suggestions:

 Those interested in purchasing and installing large-scale solar panels or other sun-plugged products, here are some useful sites:

SolarHome.org  offers “great deals on everything from panels and batteries to chargers and lights – all powered by the energy of the sun.”

RealGoods.com not only educates on the benefits of installing solar products, but offers an array of merchandise.

Solar energy may be one of the most important sources of energy we have.  Make a promise to utilize our ever-present renewable resource.

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Stimulus Bill Is Looking Mighty Green

While there is much debate on Obama’s stimulus bill that was passed Friday, the idea that there are any (or at least green jobs) is hopeful.  The economic stimulus touts to not only create green jobs, but will also tackle our global warming and reliance on fossil fuels.   President Obama needs our support, as our future depends on it.  

 

MSNBC’s article about Obama’s stimulus package being signed today in Denver, Colorado, clarifies this step forward with the promise of more jobs in the near future:

President Barack Obama will sign the $787 billion stimulus package today.  “The setting, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, is meant to underscore the investments the new law will make in “green” energy-related jobs.”

The Miami Herald’s   article from yesterday states, “Robert Pollin, a professor of economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, said the green investment portion of the stimulus more broadly should yield about 1.7 million jobs, about 30 percent of them in construction.”

So let’s help President Obama’s “major milestone on our road to recovery. “  Visit Earth Promise and see how your changes can make an enormous impact.

  

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New Energy Plan for America

With a new incoming president, everyone needs to be familiar with his ideas.  On President-elect Barack Obama’s website, there is a great read entitled, Barack Obama and Joe Biden: New Energy For America.  We have just one more week to go–then we can start seeing changes.

To summarize, the ObamaBiden comprehensive New Energy for America plan will:

·         Provide shortterm relief to American families facing pain at the pump

·         Help create five million new jobs by strategically investing $150 billion over the next ten years to catalyze private efforts to build a clean energy future.

·         Within 10 years save more oil than we currently import from the Middle East and Venezuela combined

·         Put 1 million PlugIn Hybrid cars – cars that can get up to 150 miles per gallon – on the road by 2015, cars that we will work to make sure are built here in America

·         Ensure 10 percent of our electricity comes from renewable sources by 2012, and 25 percent by 2025

 

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Energy Efficiency To Revitalize the Economy

The numbers tell all–jobless rate leaps (not just jumps) to a high of 7.2%.  The idea that President-elect Barack Obama has the vision to revitalize our economy and help our environment simultaneously gives our nation hope.  We are waiting on the edges of our seats for the big day of January 20th.

In Brandi Colander’s blog, she astutely explains how Obama’s tax cut to the American people combined with improving energy efficiency for millions of homes can be the foundation to strengthen our severely weakened economy.  The amount of jobs that energy effiecieny can generate is encouraging. 

 A lifestyle change is what is in order:  an earth promise  that each one of us needs to make.   As a nation, we need to work together to alter our way of thinking.  “With a consistent commitment to these goals supported by adequate policies and funding, it is evident that although unsexy, energy efficiency has mass appeal and we will continue to “read all about it” in many headlines to come.”

To read Colander’s blog, go to www.switchboard.nrdc.org.

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Obama Should Tie Green Agenda to Economic Policy

Very good article on GreenBiz.com about how President-Elect Obama should tie the “green agenda” into how he will address the economic situation.  We do not want the green issues to take a hit while the very important initiatives to help our economy are put into place.  The economy is #1 on people’s minds.  Taking green steps will help in many areas of the economy, take the key steps for the climate crisis, and raise awareness of our planet’s issues. 

 

Obama Must Tie Green Agenda to Economy: Panel

 

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