Thursday, April 12, 2012
Level the Playing Field
Clean energy is alive and well, but it needs to be ramped up if it is to replace fossil fuels. Renewable energy needs to quadruple to overtake fossil fuels, according to the University of Oregon.
A level playing field is also long overdue. If the true costs of fossil fuels were paid at the meter and pump, we'd already be enjoying clean energy and clean air.
The report also states that clean energy does have the ability to reshape global energy markets, but "current energy costing structures often do not take into account the high costs of negative externalities such as GHG emissions, air and water pollution, and ecosystem destruction."
This distorts the energy marketplace and creates a disparity between clean and conventional energy sources.