For two decades we have prodded
policy-makers and utilities to develop renewable energy strategies. Whether
they are state-owned or private utilities, energy providers have four primary
the lights on 24/7 (reliability)
cost to customers (economically)
return to shareholders (profits)
Meanwhile, the global Climate Change community
meets annually to refine National Clean Energy Plans and Targets to reduce CO2
consumption in their nations. The Paris Climate Agreement and Marrakech
Accords (COP22) garnered commitments by all nations -- except the U.S. which
has pulled out under President Trump arguing it will hurt the economy.
Reality is now colliding with these
pledges. The United Nations Environmental Program reports that "to date, we
have failed." In many corners of the world, emissions have continued
virtually unabated, raising questions about how countries, even
well-intentioned ones, can make bolder promises down the line when they have so
far been unable to follow through on their current ones.
The North County Climate Alliance recently
invited me to present the GENI Iniatitive, and I was pleased since this
community is very near to where I grew up.
Given all these facts and trends, I chose
to face reality.
"Climate change is here now — What can you do?"
You can view the
short presentation – and even more important is acting on the wealth of ideas and
solutions that came from the guests that evening. We do know what to do!
We must get busy and implement these strategies at home, in our own community
and around our world.
In Partnership for the Planet,