Mar. 13th, 2009

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This just in from a report conducted by the German Aerospace Center (German's NASA) for Greenpeace and the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC). Nothing but good news from the German rocket scientists on the future of renewables and climate change in the US of A. Curiously, there are complaints that it doesn't include some important benefits on top of the ones listed. The original scenario asks what happens if you phase out coal and nuclear also. The whole report can be had here in PDF format.

Energy [R]evolution - Greenpeace USA

"The Energy [R]evolution U.S. scenario provides a blueprint for how  the U.S. can use energy more efficiently and increase renewable energy generating capacity to cut current C02 emissions levels some 23% by 2020 and 85% by 2050."

"As the report states, 'According to the University of Massachusetts’s Political Economy Research Institute, investments in wind and solar power create 2.8 times as many jobs as the same investment in coal; mass transit and conservation would create 3.8 times as many jobs as coal.' We project that the Energy [R]evolution Scenario would create 14.5 million more new jobs by 2050 than would be created by meeting our energy needs with continued dependence on fossil fuels."


Greenpeace Grossly Understates Value of Energy [R]evolution - European Tribune - 12 Mar 09

"What is missing?

- The avoided costs from catastrophic climate change (whether disasters, refugees, agricultural disruption, infrastructure destroyed by rising seas, etc ...).
- The avoided costs from reduced acidification of the oceans.
- The savings and benefits of reducing the 24,000+ deaths annually, in the United States alone, attributable to pollution from coal-fired electricity plants. (Not to mention the 500,000+ asthma and 38,000+ heart attacks).
- The improved average IQ (in the US and globally) through reducing mercury (from coal emissions) in the food chain.
- Improved water supplies due to reduce fossil-fuel processing and power plant demands, and reduced pollution of supply sources.
- Improved National Park views due to reduced fossil-fuel pollution.
- Improved business productivity ('greening' work spaces leads to 10-25% productivity improvement) and educational performance"
webfarmer: (Default)
This just in from a report conducted by the German Aerospace Center (German's NASA) for Greenpeace and the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC). Nothing but good news from the German rocket scientists on the future of renewables and climate change in the US of A. Curiously, there are complaints that it doesn't include some important benefits on top of the ones listed. The original scenario asks what happens if you phase out coal and nuclear also. The whole report can be had here in PDF format.

Energy [R]evolution - Greenpeace USA

"The Energy [R]evolution U.S. scenario provides a blueprint for how  the U.S. can use energy more efficiently and increase renewable energy generating capacity to cut current C02 emissions levels some 23% by 2020 and 85% by 2050."

"As the report states, 'According to the University of Massachusetts’s Political Economy Research Institute, investments in wind and solar power create 2.8 times as many jobs as the same investment in coal; mass transit and conservation would create 3.8 times as many jobs as coal.' We project that the Energy [R]evolution Scenario would create 14.5 million more new jobs by 2050 than would be created by meeting our energy needs with continued dependence on fossil fuels."


Greenpeace Grossly Understates Value of Energy [R]evolution - European Tribune - 12 Mar 09

"What is missing?

- The avoided costs from catastrophic climate change (whether disasters, refugees, agricultural disruption, infrastructure destroyed by rising seas, etc ...).
- The avoided costs from reduced acidification of the oceans.
- The savings and benefits of reducing the 24,000+ deaths annually, in the United States alone, attributable to pollution from coal-fired electricity plants. (Not to mention the 500,000+ asthma and 38,000+ heart attacks).
- The improved average IQ (in the US and globally) through reducing mercury (from coal emissions) in the food chain.
- Improved water supplies due to reduce fossil-fuel processing and power plant demands, and reduced pollution of supply sources.
- Improved National Park views due to reduced fossil-fuel pollution.
- Improved business productivity ('greening' work spaces leads to 10-25% productivity improvement) and educational performance"

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