Dependence on big oil, dirty coal could cost U.S. $30 trillion by 2030
Jun 30, 2009 - Environment America
Groups Call on Congress to Repower America with Clean Energy for Consumers and Environment
“Many children will pay for today’s air pollution with decreased lung function when they are adults,” said Jerome Paulson, MD, of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on Environmental Health and the Children’s National Medical Center. “It is imperative that we act now to protect the next generation.”
“It is critical for our national security that we break America’s dependence on fossil fuels, which puts our troops’ lives at risk, empties our nation’s treasury, funds our enemies, and fuels global warming,” said former U.S. Army Captain and Iraq veteran Jonathan Powers.
In contrast, moving to clean energy – wind turbines, solar panels, and energy-efficient homes and buildings – would save money, even excluding the additional benefits for the environment, health, and security. For instance, a recent report by the Union of Concerned Scientists found that transitioning to clean energy would cut costs by $900 per household annually by 2030 and save consumers and businesses a total of $1.7 trillion between 2010 and 2030. In addition, clean energy creates jobs here at home, since clean energy projects tend to be labor intensive and cannot be outsourced.
“When the choice is between paying to uphold a dirty polluting status quo and investing in a new direction for America, clean energy is the clear winner,” said Figdor.
On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454), landmark legislation that creates a framework for moving to a clean energy economy and curbing global warming.
“While the dramatic shift we need in our energy policy and the dire scientific predictions regarding global warming demand that we go much further, the first step is always the hardest. We learn to walk before we can run; this historic act by Congress gets us up on our feet and heading toward a clean energy economy,” concluded Figdor.
Environment America called on the Senate to strengthen and pass the bill.