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Energy [R]evolution: A Sustainable USA Energy Outlook

Mar 11, 2009 - German Aerospace Center & European Renewable Energy Council

Commissioned from the German Aerospace Center by Greenpeace and the European Renewable Energy Council, the study shows how the U.S. can, with off-the-shelf technology, cut CO2 emissions from current levels by 23 percent by 2020 and 85 percent by 2050.

In the Energy [R]evolution U.S. Scenario, Greenpeace and the European Renewable Energy Council (Europe’s largest renewable energy trade association) posed a simple but daring series of questions. First, is it possible, using currently available technologies, to cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions worldwide to the levels needed to prevent the worst effects of global warming? Second, can we do it while also achieving strong economic growth? Third, since the dangers of nuclear waste and proliferation pose similar existential threats to humanity as global warming itself, can we also phase out all nuclear power by 2050? And, finally, can we do it here in the U.S.?

The answer, from some of the world’s top energy experts at the German Aerospace Center (Germany’s counterpart to National Aeronautics and Space Administration), is a resounding yes on all counts.

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