Earth Day Clean Energy Agenda: Highlights
Accelerate the transition to clean, renewable energy
- Over the next decade, triple the amount of energy
harnessed from clean, renewable sources such as the
wind and sun.
- Increase government research and development funding
for clean fuels, hydrogen fuel cells, and renewable
electric generation technologies, and establish market
incentives to boost their use.
- Enact public policies that enable utilities to invest
in renewable energy without putting themselves at
a competitive disadvantage.
- Set a responsible standard for a minimum renewable
energy content for automotive fuels.
- Shift World Bank and other international funding
toward renewable energy and energy efficiency projects
in developing nations.
Encourage and reward more efficient use of energy
by utilities, vehicles, homes, appliances, buildings
- Provide incentives to commercialize and deploy highly
efficient energy technologies that minimize waste.
- Set higher fuel-efficiency loophole that allows
sports utility vehicles (SUVs) to produce far more
global warming pollution than cars.
Level the playing field for renewable technologies
by ending public policies that keep the price of outdated
energy sources artificially low.
- Close the Clean Air Act loophole that allows older
coal-fired power plants to pollute far more than newer
plants, and set progressively tighter limits on power
plants' total carbon, nitrogen, sulfur and mercury
- Shift international energy funding in the developing
world from outdated energy production methods (coal,
large hydro, and oil) to clean, renewable energy technologies.
- End taxpayer subsidies that artificially lower the
price of coal, oil, and nuclear power.
- Increase the accountability of the nuclear industry
by removing the limits on liability for nuclear accidents.
- Protect environmentally sensitive public lands from
oil drilling and coal and uranium mining.
Provide adequate resources and job training for workers
and communities now dependent on dated energy resources,
to ensure that they achieve a just transition to a
sustainable energy economy.
Demonstrate leadership in international efforts to
reduce the pollution that causes global warming.
- Provide scientific and technical leadership in efforts
to meet global energy needs with resources that do
not contribute to global warming.
- Ratify, implement, and work to strengthen the Kyoto
Protocol, the international agreement to reduce global
- Develop and implement federal, state and local action
plans to decrease global warming pollution.
- Lead by example, by implementing this Clean Energy