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Google’s Clean Energy 2030: Proposal To Reduce Dependence On Fossil Fuels
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Web giant Google was right when a press
release stated “We can put a big dent in climate change.” Technologies are
available or under development to help cut energy costs and improve national
security. Strong climate legislation via responsible leadership and a realistic
timeline are all important aspects of Google’s Clean Energy 2030 proposal.
Over the next 22 years, Google says, we can
save billions for our economy and create millions of green economy jobs by reducing
our dependence on fossil fuels. To start on this path immediately, the U.S. must take
leadership on three fronts: reduce demand by doing more with less, develop
renewable energy that is cheaper than coal, and electrify transportation and
re-invent our electric grid.
Firstly, the proposal says we can reduce our energy demand
by increasing energy efficiency of buildings, computers, lighting, waste
management – to name just a few. Secondly, the plan strives to make renewable
energy cheaper than coal through the RE<C Initiative. This stage involves
investments in startup companies with breakthrough wind, solar and geothermal
The third phase of the proposal that must be implemented
immediately is the modernization of our power grid. Google has partnered with
GE to accelerate the development of a “smart grid”, aimed to help harness
our nation’s vast renewable energy resources.
When effectively partnered together, our economy and
environment provide a huge opportunity for us to confront today’s pressing
financial and energy challenges.