2 cool maps that show how wind power is poised to go big — really big

Tanya’s comment: Wind power could grow enough to generate 35 percent of U.S. electricity by 2050. Looks like renewable energy has a real chance at one day replacing fossil fuels.

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Wind turbines have only a tenuous link to most Americans’ daily lives because wind farms generate less than 5 percent of all of the electricity produced today.

As reducing greenhouse gas emissions to slow climate change becomes more urgent, though, wind is expected to become one of the country’s largest sources of energy by midcentury. The U.S. Department of Energy has published two new maps that put that future in more concrete terms.

Projected growth of the wind industry over the next 35 years.Projected growth of the wind industry over the next 35 years.Department of Energy

The first is part of a report released this spring showing how wind power could grow enough to generate 35 percent of U.S. electricity by 2050 — up from 10 percent in 2020 and 20 percent in 2030.

The map, called “Wind Vision,” shows how much wind power generating capacity each state had in 2000, 2010, and 2013, and Department of Energy…

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Tackling Global Warming From the Bottom Up

NYC Climate Convergence Sept. 19-21

Mark your calendar. The New York City Climate Convergence is September 19-21…!

Before corporate and governmental leaders arrive in New York City this September for the UN Climate Summit, System Change Not Climate Change together with the Global Climate Convergence will be laying the groundwork for an alternative summit, what we’re calling New York City Climate Convergence.

Our objective is to build and strengthen an environmental movement that addresses the root causes of the climate crises; a social-economic system that values profits above people, planet and peace. As the corporate captured UN proposes false solutions like carbon trading and sets meager greenhouse reduction targets, we will show the world what tackling global warming from the bottom up looks like.

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Root of Global Climate Change: The Economic System

The NYC Climate Convergence identifies our economic system as the root problem of global climate change. So, here’s what they are calling for:

  • Millions of jobs in renewable energy, conservation, and public transit
  • A just transition from fossil fuels and nuclear power
  • New food, water, and sanitation systems
  • An emergency transition to a new kind of economy
  • Tax the rich and slash the bloated military budget

Powerful, revolutionary stuff… and so sensible – it can actually save the planet!

Even if you don’t plan to attend the Convergence, make sure your friends are aware of this important upcoming event, especially if they live near New York City.

You may click the image below to download the NYC Climate Convergence flyer (PDF).

NYC Climate Convergence Flyer

Pres. Obama Takes Big Step To Tackle Global Warming

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From MoveOn.org,

President Obama just announced what the New York Times is calling “the strongest action taken by an American president to tackle climate change.”

This may be the best hope to tackle the climate crisis during the Obama presidency.

If the plan takes effect, this could be the single most important thing he does as president, the thing that our grandkids remember him for.

But that’s a big if- because giant polluters will do everything in their power to make Obama’s climate policy dead on arrival, with waves of misleading TV ads and bogus reports. So it’s incredibly important that we make our voices heard this week.

The EPA is now accepting public comments on the proposed plan. Let’s send a powerful statement of support for climate action. We’ll give reporters a running tally this week as thousands of people sign on, and we’ll share MoveOn members’ powerful personal appeals with them—so they know the President is not alone. We’ll deliver your comment, along with thousands of others, to the EPA headquarters in Washington next month.

Climate change is the challenge of our generation—and if we don’t meet it, it will become the nightmare of generations to come. Today’s announcement was a long overdue step in the right direction. But if we want to win, we’ve got to double our efforts. Today, the fight is on.

Share your comment about why you support bold action to address climate change. You can either write a personalized message, or use the text provided. Thanks!

Investing In Renewables, Divesting From Fossil Fuels

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by Guest Contributor Joe Romm

Originally published on Climate Progress.

Bloomberg New Energy Finance has a must-read piece for investors on how the smart money is beginning to notice the quicksand on which fossil fuel stock prices are built.

We reported back in April that BNEF said 70 percent of new power generation capacity added between 2012 and 2030 will be from renewable technologies (including large hydro).

Indeed, BNEF founder Michael Liebreich posed a good news, bad news story back then:

“By 2030, the growth in fossil fuel use will almost have stopped,” Liebreich told renewable-energy investors…. “We’re told that it needs to happen by 2020” in order to prevent irreversible climate damage. “That won’t happen. But by 2030, it pretty much will.”

Yes, homo “sapiens” will miss by just 10 years or so the window to avert catastrophic climate change — resulting in possibly hundreds of years

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5 Things the U.S. is Leading the World In (None of Them Are Good)

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1) Obesity– Experts say that fast food; drinks with way too much sugar, such as sodas; processed food; candy and other sugary snacks; and overly large portion sizes are to blame.

2) Health Care costs- Care2 states, “The main reason for the high cost of American health care is that most medical services, materials, technologies and drugs are more expensive than in other industrialized countries. Governments in many other countries play a much stronger role in financing health care services and their citizens are obliged to help pay for it through taxes. In return, all are usually covered by national health insurance.”

3) Cost of giving birth- The United States is the most expensive place in the world to have a baby.  So what do mothers get for their money? If you thought the answer was better care, you’re wrong. In fact, America has one of the highest rates of infant and maternal death among industrialized countries.

4) Energy use per person- The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports that Americans account for nearly 19 percent of the world’s total primary energy consumption. Of the many reasons for this is the cost of heating and cooling increasingly large homes, as well as electricity used to power home electronics.

5) Defense spending- According to Care2, “The U.S. government actually spent about $718 billion on defense and international security assistance in 2011, compared to 2% that it spent on education. That includes all of the Pentagon’s underlying costs as well as the price tag for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which came to $159 billion in 2011.”

To read more about each, go to care2.com.