Source: Mark Jacobson: Renewable energy future is now, fossil fuels are costing the US its health YouTube video, uploaded February 9, 2012.
Extended Quote: by Sanford Professor and renewable energy expert, Mark Z. Jacobson:
"In the United States, between 50,000 to 100,000 people per year are killed prematurely by gasoline from vehicles, coal fired power plants and other combusion processies and the air pollution resulting from that.
Right now, it is not a free market. It is a free loading market where the fossil fuel industry is free loading on our health and off our society, and it has been doing so for years."
Notes: In a statement before the above quote, Professor Jacobson says this about the fossil fuel industry:
"This is a really a twisted incentive system where we pay people to cause environmental damage, so as a result they can free load off the health of our citizens. And, at the same time we complain about giving subsidies to renewable energy industries that are effectively eliminating those health pollution problems and deaths."
At beginning of this video Prof. Jacobson states:
"There is no need for a bridge between coal to the renewable energy future because the renewable energy future is here right now. We can invest in that and solve the problem today.
This is not rocket science...The technologies already exist. It's just a matter of planning and organizing and optimizing the resources available for each location."
Dr. Jacobson already has extensive research on this subject. Therefore, NOW is the time to stop fossil fuel free loading and go "all in" for a renewable energy future. His published research in 2009 showed we could get 100% of our energy by renewable energy by 2030.