I was skeptical but very hopeful when I attended a discussion on Sierra Club’s campaign called “Ready for 100“. The goal is to get to 100% renewable energy for ourselves, our towns and our country by 2050. I’m very hopeful because we have to get there to prevent very serious and irreversible damage to the planet, and I want to believe it can happen. At the same time I was very skeptical because I don’t think we have the political will especially at the local, state, and federal government.
At Energy Emporium we try to help people reduce or eliminate their fossil fuel use every day. Almost 6 years ago we finished the deep energy retrofit to the building that houses Energy Emporium (and my home) to completely eliminate fossil fuels. At the time it was a pretty crazy goal to get to zero net energy with an 1850’s building, but today it is not difficult at all to build zero net energy homes and many contractors have been involved in deep energy retrofits to significantly reduce or eliminate fossil fuels. From my educational and business background, I know the technology is available and actively being developed.
The real problem is how to get our towns, states and the federal government to put more resources behind renewables. This is what the “Ready for 100” campaign is all about. It is about getting our political decision makers to commit. Specifically, what individuals can do is build interest and education within your town to get a warrant article to vote for a commitment to 100% renewables by 2050. A grassroots movement to build commitment through our political system. Let’s do it!
Here are some resources associated with getting to 100:
- Sierra Club: “Ready for 100“
- Adam Johnson, Clean Technica: “Getting to 100% Renewable Energy in the US“
- The Solutions Project: clean energy
- EcoWatch.com: Richard Heinberg – “Here’s How We Get to 100% Renewable Energy“, and “Our Renewable Future“.
- Huffington Post: “How the World can Get to 100% Renewables by 2050“.
- Clean Edge report: “A Status Report on Rising Commitments Among Corporations and Governments to Reach 100% Renewables“.
- Zachary Davies Boren: “Here’s how the world can get to 100% renewable energy“.
- Greenpeace report: energy [r]evolution