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Make America's Energy 100% Green in 10 Years
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What news have you heard recently about Al Gore and/or his challenge for America to change to 100% renewable energy in 10 years (of which we have 9 left)?

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This has potential as green energy.

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In order to meet Gore's challenge of making America's energy 100% renewable in 10 years (of which we have 9 left), we need to make changes in every household, shifting from nonrenewable to renewable resources.
  • What accomplishments have you and your household made towards reducing your reliance on nonrenewable resources and increasing your use of green alternatives?
  • What things are you doing, or plan to do shortly, that will reduce your energy footprint?
  • What standard household items or appliances have you replaced with energy-efficient or alternative energy models?
  • What is your community doing to move towards renewable energy?

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... they must be Earth-friendly and driver-friendly.  Not easy.

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One challenge with green energy, such as solar and wind power, is that they tend to fluctuate over time due to the weather or other factors.  Fossil fuel sources can be held steady.

So far, people have looked at supply-end solutions, following the millennia-old habit of modifying the environment to suit human needs.  These include trying to catch more power, distribute it over a wide area, and store it for use during lulls.

I propose that we consider a demand-end solution.  We have Twitter, websites, and a host of other tools that can give real-time information.  We also have assorted gadgets that tell you how much electricity a given device, or your whole household, is using.  So, track the power availability.  When it surges above average demand, announce that to users and lower the price slightly.  This is a good time to do optional tasks such as laundry.  When the power drops below average demand, announce that to users and raise the price slightly.  People can then choose to use less electricity during that time, just the minimum for household necessities.  This would be preferable to the negative versions we have now: blackouts, brownouts, and power companies that shut off power against consumer will.  And it's more flexible than the remote-shutoff devices where the power company gives you a discount if you let it turn off certain things during peak demand hours -- because you won't necessarily know when that is until you go to use the hot water and there isn't any, or whatever.

Ideally, I'd like to see both supply-end and demand-end solutions combined, for best results.  I don't think we need to flatline the production rate, just buffer the supply and demand enough to avoid crazy spikes.  If people paid more attention to their use of electricity, that would help reduce waste and create more demand for energy-efficient appliances, so we'd need less in the long run.

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What news have you heard recently about elemental energy sources? This includes wind (air), solar (fire), hydroelectric (water), geothermal (earth), and so forth.

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What news have you heard recently about Al Gore and/or his challenge for America to change to 100% renewable energy in 10 years (of which we have 9 left)?

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I saw this newsbit today about protecting the Clean Air Act.

Yesterday, thanks to your hard work, the U.S. Senate did the
right thing -- voting with the climate science and against a
resolution that would have stripped the Clean Air Act's
protections against climate pollution.

The Senate is to be commended for defeating Senator Lisa
Murkowski's disastrously misguided proposal. But the truth
is, in the face of the worst environmental disaster in our
nation's history, Senator Murkowski's resolution never should
have even reached the Senate floor.
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In order to meet Gore's challenge of making America's energy 100% renewable in 10 years (of which we have 9 left), we need to make changes in every household, shifting from nonrenewable to renewable resources.
  • What accomplishments have you and your household made towards reducing your reliance on nonrenewable resources and increasing your use of green alternatives?
  • What things are you doing, or plan to do shortly, that will reduce your energy footprint?
  • What standard household items or appliances have you replaced with energy-efficient or alternative energy models?
  • What is your community doing to move towards renewable energy?

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