Lester Brown of the Earth Policy Institute and author of Plan B 4.0 (free download) told NPR's Ira Flatow on Science Friday (listen to the whole interview on my audio player above)
"We've known for nearly 20 years now that 3 states, N Dakota, Kansas, and Texas have enough harnessable wind energy, to satisfy not only the national electricity needs but national energy needs."
Is it any wonder BIG oil and dirty coal is spending millions lobbying for protection against climate legislation? Once Manhattan starts going under, after Miami FL, Savannah GA (my home town), the outer banks of the NC are lost to a storm surge on top of sea level rise, when climate refugees are a fact of life not just in Bangladesh but in the US, dirty coal is doomed. Because at that point people will finally realize that using their tumble dryer instead of a clothes line really isn't a sacrifice whereas losing coastal cities certainly is, that growing veggies in an organic garden makes so much more sense than having a petrochemical dumping ground called a lawn. The problem is that by that point it will be too late.
What have you done today to lower your impact?
We are washing away the foundations of our existence on every front. It is high time we move from crashing about on the planet like a bull in china shop and find a way to go forward with intent. We must find systems of living based on sustainability. The systems and tools exist, it is up to each of us to adopt them.
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