a revolution going on – but it’s not a bloody conflict. It's a design
revolution that's changing the way we power our homes and fuel our cars. This
revolution won't tear down societies -- in fact, it will lead to a more
abundant and sustainable future for all. Lester Brown, of the Earth Policy
Institute, has been a leading voice for decades and highlights this unstoppable
Texas -- the heart of the U.S. oil industry now has 9,700 megawatts of wind and plans to multiply that fivefold.
Plans for Scotland's offshore wind involve 60,000 megawatts, almost 70% of the
presently installed capacity in all the UK. Algeria will be exporting 6,000
megawatts of solar energy to Europe. They could actually supply the world with
the solar potential from their deserts.
year, renewable energy accounted for 60% of new generation capacity in Europe
and 50% in the United States. While the intermittency of wind and solar can
challenge utility system operators, the benefits of clean, cost competitive
power is winning converts on every continent.
Every revolution needs champions, and this is
one in which we can all take a lead. Vote with your dollars. Next time you
purchase a car, buy a new plug-in hybrid or electric automobile. If your utility
offers it, sign up for the green energy option -- or go the next step and put
solar PV on your roof and watch your meter spin backwards.
this growth, consider adding a renewable energy component to your investment
portfolio. Set the example for your children and in your neighborhood. This
is a positive revolution that benefits us all.
In partnership for the planet,