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Hey USA!  Let's win the 'Clean Energy Race!'

Category:Clean Energy
BiteIt's the Olympics. USA has a chance to win gold in the Clean Energy Race event. Unfortunately, she is falling behind other countries.
Your job for the rest of your life:   Make the impossible possible

Bite"Anyone who hears this: your job for the rest of your life is to make the impossible possible."—Dave Roberts (Grist).
The cheapest carbon =  the carbon we don't burn.

Bite"The cheapest carbon to remove from the atmosphere, is the carbon we don't put there in the first place."
Are we sufficiently talented to manage Earth's balance?

Bite"Before we start geoengineering we have to raise the following question: are we sufficiently talented to take on what might become the onerous permanent task of keeping the Earth in homeostasis?" —James Lovelock
Not one "silver bullet"...instead, "silver buckshot"

BiteThere's no one "silver bullet" that can solve our energy and climate challenge in one shot. Instead, it's going to take a lot of little bullets -- "silver buckshot" -- which together can pack the same wallop and get the job done.

Variation for hunters: Think buckshot, rather than a ...
When in doubt, ask...  big business!

Category:Who to Believe?
Bite"Last month, more than 70 European companies, including Ikea and Coca Cola, asked the European Union to aim for more ambitious carbon cuts."—Chris Huhne.
Releasing ourselves from the dilemma of the 'Energy Hook'

BiteIn order to prevent climate change, the world has to switch from high-carbon, polluting, power generation; to new, low-carbon generating capacity. So in order to benefit in the long-term we need a huge building programme which unfortunately, in the short-term, will create a significant increase in C...
MLK:  Genuine leaders don't search for consensus, they mold it.

Bite"A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus."—Martin Luther King.
'Clean Coal'; a breakthrough —in marketing?

Bite" 'Clean coal' represents a breakthrough —in the marketing of coal. But it does not represent a breakthrough in the burning of coal." —Van Jones
Continue drinking to avoid a hangover?

BiteContinuing to burn fossil fuels in order to maintain the growth economy is like keeping on drinking to avoid a hangover.
EV chargers: The future is here -- in Houston (again!)

Category:Clean Energy
BiteWhat could be more futuristic than when the world listened with baited breath as astronauts talked to NASA control in Houston? Well, the future has arrived again in Houston, with electric car charging stations proliferating throughout the city.
No silver bullet, but plenty of silver buckshot.

Bite"(To truly resolve climate change), there are no silver bullets, only silver buckshot." - Bill McKibben author & Founder of 350.org
Think Globally, Act Daily

Bite"Think Globally, Act Daily." - Brian Ettling
You pay a premium for express delivery

BiteJust as rebuilding your house in a week would cost far more than rebuilding it slowly, so hasty remodeling of the global energy system would be very expensive. If we start later, we'll have to pay a catch-up premium.
Like pushing food around your plate...

Bite"Carbon offsets...are like pushing your food around your plate to give the impression you've eaten it."
How are jets, transistors, computers, internet, GPS alike?

Category:Clean Energy
Bite"What do jet engines, computers, transistors, the internet, and the Global Positioning System (GPS) have in common? They all owe their existence to early stage investment by the U.S. government."
Heads up!  Keep sewer pumps above rising sea.

BiteIn New York City, pumps at some sewage stations have been raised to higher elevations, and the city government has undertaken extensive planning.
Energy democracy: Power in your hands.

Category:Clean Energy
BiteLittle House on the Prairie families were resourceful and self-reliant. Today's smart power grids and solar PV will democratise electricity and free us from behemoth energy utilities.