Getting Our Green Act TogetherWritten by admin August 28th, 2011.
Lindsey Williams for EmPivot
Not everyone is convinced that our nation needs to turn its traditional ways of power and productivity into green and clean, efficient machines. In fact, some would argue that we don’t need to adopt cleaner fuel, or expand the ways in which we power our nation. Oh, but I’d beg to differ. Quick and dirty: here are some key points as to why this green movement needs to catch and maintain the attention of political dignitaries, not just your beloved tree huggers:
#1) providing energy security and #2) capitalizing on our global competitiveness.
The most significant way that the US can establish energy security is to diversify the ways in which we power our nation. In doing so, we will ween away from our traditional dependency on fossil fuels, curtailing the far-too common crutch on foreign oil. The US also needs to understand that the key in winning this green battle requires us to recognize our need to both reinform an d redirect our traditional dependency on just one way of retrieving power; in time, doing so will elevate this knowledge to a place that clearly sees the various ways of energy and supply.
Bottom Line: Not putting all of our energy eggs into one basket allows for safety in the long run; something the US has had to learn the hard way.
In terms of global competitiveness, we need to invest in stronger energy policies for utilities, as well as renewable energy. Why? Because everyone else is doing it, and doing it right. (Here, the age-old adage that says, “If everyone jumps off of a cliff, should you?”, does not apply). In this case, because everyone is jumping right into the safe and lucrative -might I add- space of renewable energy, we need to adapt to the playing field. The United States needs to acknowledge how the game is currently being played, and adopt these energy principles.
A direct result of not veering right on ‘Renewable Energy Lane‘ is encouraging a dangerous and lonesome trek on the road of irrelevance in global markets.
Long term investments in this country will leave if we do not get our green act together.