Us green economy high school presentation jan 2011 engPresentation Transcript
“ GOING GREEN”: THE U.S. DEVELOPMENT OF A GREEN ECONOMY Consul for Press and Culture Robert Palladino December 19, 2011
Why Do We Need to “Go Green”?
Hungry for Energy?
Americans produce and consume more energy than any other nation and consume more energy per capita than most nations.
The U.S. is the 2 nd largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world, after China. EU is third.
Traditional energy sources (gas, oil) are becoming more scarce and will eventually be exhausted.
“ I am convinced that whoever builds a clean energy economy, whoever is at the forefront of that, is going to own the 21st century global economy. Last year, we made the largest investment in clean energy in our history. It's an investment that's already leading to new jobs and new businesses across the country. ” PRESIDENT OBAMA ON ENERGY POLICY President Obama at Meeting with Governors on Energy Policy. February 3, 2010
OBAMA ADMINISTRATION GREEN ENERGY GOALS
Reduction of energy consumption & Diversification of energy sources
Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions
“ If America leads in developing clean energy, we will lead in growing our economy, in putting our people back to work, and in leaving a stronger and more secure country to our children.”
President Obama at Copenhagen Conference, December 18, 2009
“ We’ll invest…in clean energy technology – an investment that will strengthen our security, protect our planet, and create countless new jobs for our people. We ’ve begun to reinvent our energy policy…We’re issuing a challenge. We’re telling America’s scientists and engineers that if they assemble teams of the best minds in their fields, and focus on the hardest problems in clean energy, we’ll fund the Apollo projects of our time.” OBAMA ’S ENERGY POLICY – STATE OF THE UNION 2011 President Obama gave the annual “State of the Union” speech on January 26, 2011
"As we recover from this recession, the transition to clean energy has the potential to grow our economy and create millions of jobs - but only if we accelerate that transition. Only if we seize the moment." - President Barack Obama
OBAMA GREEN ENERGY INITIATIVES
Stimulus Package: $80 billion dollars for the development of clean energy technologies
Target of reducing emissions 17% by 2020 and 83% by 2050
25% of electricity from renewables by 2025
The largest U.S. consumer of energy (the U.S. government) to reduce its emissions 28% by 2020
Call on Congress to pass Clean Energy Legislation to cut emissions
OBAMA GREEN ENERGY INITIATIVES
Target of 80% of America ’s electricity to come from clean energy sources by 2035
Call on Congress to cut billions of $ in subsidies to oil companies
Target of 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015
Call on Congress to explore and promote all kinds of alternative energy – wind, solar, nuclear, clean coal and natural gas
And What Else?
40% increase in vehicle fuel efficiency by 2020
Five-fold increase in biofuel supply by 2022
Phase-out of incandescent bulb sales in 2012-2014
35% increase in energy-efficiency of gov ’t buildings
Fuel-efficiency rules for gov ’t vehicles
Tax credits and other incentives for wind, solar, and nuclear power
Who Pays the Bill?
Federal government – energy R&D, incentives for industries
Carbon (emission) trade revenue
Venture capitalists, angel investors fund clean-tech startups
Major investment funds – large projects
Business and individual consumers – new technology applications
International Cooperation is Key
U.S. and other countries ’ companies help China develop a smart grid market
The U.S. and its partners share experience with India on improving building energy efficiency
Brazil and the U.S. jointly aid 5 countries in Africa, Central America and the Caribbean in developing their own biofuel industries
Allegheny College works with Germany ’s Siemens on green building upgrades
A Global Issue
The U.S., EU, China, Japan, India and Brazil to have a decisive influence
Emerging markets: Most rapid growth in energy demand/carbon emissions
Can global interest be reconciled with national priorities?
How will the recession and financial crisis affect energy choices?
Durban: treaty to limit carbon emissions
legally binding deal comprising all countries, which will be prepared by 2015, and to take effect in 2020
Progress regarding the creation of a Green Climate Fund to distribute US$100bn per year to help poor countries adapt to climate impacts
U.S. PARTNERSHIP WITH ITALY – WHAT ARE WE ALREADY DOING TOGETHER?
Italcementi is a leader in American production of new “smog-eating” concrete – used in U.S. highways & roads
General Motors working with Politecnico di Torino to develop more efficient diesel engines
Green Building Council of Italy launched Italian version of U.S. sustainable building standards (LEED) to be used in Italy
And many more examples of U.S. and Italian cooperation to develop clean technology…
U.S. PARTNERSHIP WITH ITALY – WHAT NEXT?
Continue to expand research exchanges, travel by local policymakers, and trade delegations
Increase green sector joint ventures, especially for small and medium-sized businesses
Strengthen U.S.-Italian venture capital and private equity investments
What can an individual do?
Are you ready to change the way you live? The climate crisis can be solved.
You can reduce carbon emissions
Buy energy efficient appliances, lightbulbs
Adjust your thermostat, recycle, buy a hybrid car, walk, ride a bicycle, use mass transit
What can an individual do?
Tell your parents not to ruin the world that you will live in.
Switch to renewable sources of energy.
Call your power company to see if they offer green energy; if they don’t, ask them why not.
Vote for leaders who pledge to solve this crisis.
Let’s practice English! And get ready for the Facebook “What Can I Do to Be Green?” contest at facebook.com/USConsMilan