That means over 80% of our energy is coming from fossil fuels now
Fossil fuels that are
Damaging our climate
Polluting our rivers and land
Giving our children asthma
Oil contamination in Ecuador Coal plant pollution causes asthma and lung cancer
It doesn ’t have to be that way “ The stone age did not end for lack of stone, and the oil age will end long before the world runs out of oil. ” Sheikh Zaki Yamani, Former Saudi Arabian Oil Minister
2 So how do we move past fossil fuels and solve the climate crisis?
Revolutionize our energy use
Stop coal use by 2030
Dramatically reduce the use of all other fossil fuels
Improve agricultural and forestry practices
PARTS PER MILLION CO2 YEAR Phaseout of coal by 2030 Improved forestry and soil Reduced oil/gas use GETTING TO 350ppm *Graph from Dr. James Hansen ’s paper on 350ppm. See sources.
the energy revolution Advanced Energy [R]evolution Scenario 2010 – primary energy demand Source: Energy [R]evolution Fig 6.11, p.72 Efficiency compared to ‘BAU’ Ocean Energy Solar Thermal Geothermal Biomass Wind Hydro Natural Gas Oil Coal Nuclear
Getting off fossil fuels means energy efficiency and conservation
IT MEANS PUTTING UP WIND TURBINES INSTEAD OF COAL PLANTS Did you know that wind power is already cost competitive with new coal power plants in good wind locations?
It means solar photovoltaic power on our houses Light (photons) Front Contact Grid Anti-Reflection Coating N-Type Semiconductor Boarder Layout P-Type Semiconductor Backcontact Image: Greenpeace
Did you know that solar photovoltaic will reach provide as much electricity as fossil fuels in many developed countries in the next 3 years ?
It means Concentrated Solar Power plants powering our industries
IT MEANS PLANTING TREES INSTEAD OF CLEAR-CUTTING RAINFORESTS
It means eating more local foods and less meat
It means better urban planning
It means fuel efficiency , hybrids , and electric cars
It means a Smart Grid
A grid that stores power when renewables like wind and solar are at their peak
A grid that allows you to track your own energy usage and cut costs
Houses with Solar Panels Offices with Solar Panels Wind Farm Isolated Microgrid Central Power Plant Industrial Plant
It means ending taxpayer handouts to coal, oil and gas corporations
Globally, the fossil fuel industry received approximately $600 billion in subsidies a year
Meanwhile, renewables received less than $46 billion
AND IMPLEMENTING A THOUSAND MORE SOLUTIONS
It does NOT mean…
“ Clean coal”
This isn ’t futuristic; ALL of these technologies are available NOW
3 Won ’t the transition to a low-emission economy be too difficult? No! Is it really worth it? Yes!
A Clean Energy Revolution Costs Real Money…
$1 billion a day =
$365 billion a year
And every year we delay ambitious action costs billions
$500 billion more with every year ’s delay
A clean energy revolution to get to 350ppm, in the end, will cost far less than the costs of climate impacts like floods, droughts, and extreme weather.
A Clean Energy Revolution has a lot of other benefits as well - it will create millions of new jobs E[R] Without E[R] Source: Energy [R]evolution, p69-70 Conventional Power Plants Renewables employment in 2030
Make our communities HEALTHIER
And protect the planet for future generations
It ’s true, there will be losers…
Big Oil and Big Coal will become a thing of the past
If your country isn ’t investing NOW, you’re losing the next big race for technology & jobs
4 What are we waiting for?
What are YOU doing to be a part of the CLEAN ENERGY REVOLUTION?
What can we do to get our government to build a clean energy revolution?