Thanks to our radio partners for sharing this story with us:
Renewable Energy Must Replace Dirty Fossil Fuels
The link: http://www.ecori.org/green-opinions/2011/11/28/renewable-energy-must-replace-dirty-fossil-fuels.html
Part of the story: "Much of the fossil-fuel industry claims we shouldn’t invest in electricity from wind and solar energy because the wind doesn’t always blow and the sun doesn’t always shine. True, but wind farms and solar panels in different locations all interconnected and monitored with a smart grid can send power where and when it is needed.
The United States also has sufficient clean biofuels and bio-waste that can be used to generate base-load power when wind and solar power isn’t available. In fact, the Northeast is rich in biofuels and should be using more of this cheap, abundant, renewable energy to displace foreign oil. This fuel doesn’t have to be transported thousand of miles by rail or boat and it supports local job creation.
A smart grid powered by a hybrid renewable energy system is the cleanest, most-efficient and economical way of producing power in the United States.
Much of the fossil-fuel industry also claims electricity from wind and solar power is too expensive and will cost the nation jobs. These industry leaders also claim that if the United States converts to renewable energy we will not be able to compete in the global marketplace.
However, the burning of fossil fuels and the use of nuclear power to produce electricity represents two of greatest threats to mankind in the 21st century. There is no such thing as clean coal. Climate scientists have repeatedly warned governments around the world about the risk associated with the continued use of fossil fuels..."
Part of our shows that will be shot on tour next year will focus on early renewable energy, including hydro from our rivers in RI, and how we got away from renewable energy and, more importantly, how we get back to it.