100% Renewable Energy

Why 100% Renewable Energy?

We all know that burning oil, gas, and coal has polluted our air, water, and land for decades - and now it's changing the climate even faster than scientist feared it would.

We know we can have healthier communities right now and a livable future for ourselves and generations to come. But to get there, we must transform the way we produce and consume energy. That's got to start with a commitment to 100% clean, renewable energy.

Standing in the way of this progress, of course, are the fossil fuel companies. Time and time again they have demonstrated their ability and willingness obfuscate, outright lie, and lobby like hell to block the shift to clean energy wanted by most Americans. Despite all of their hard work, we’re making progress. We will keep working with you and our many allies to achieve the 100% clean, renewable energy future that the climate crisis demands and our health, our well-being, and our children deserve!

A 100 percent clean energy future means shifting from dirty energy to completely clean energy sources wherever and however we can. 2015, more than ever before, demonstrated that 100% clean, renewable energy is completely possible. Clean energy had many important victories (which will be discussed in future posts) in the past year including being a major focus of the Paris Climate Conference as well as Congress opening the door to more renewable energy growth than ever before! During the Paris Climate Conference 1,000 mayors came together to sign the Paris City Hall Declaration, which pledges support of long-term climate goals such as 100% clean energy.

In the U.S., renewable energy is on the move. 61% of the new electric generation added in 2015 was wind and solar. 2015 saw record progress with a solar installation happening every 2 minutes, more solar was installed this year than all solar installed prior to 2012. Wind energy grew by over 3,600 MW in 2015, now providing enough energy to power 19 million American homes. Most importantly, Congress paved the way for even more advances in clean, renewable energy when they extended critical renewable energy tax incentives for wind and solar for the next 4 to 6 years.

Why Organize on 100%?

Organizing around 100% renewable energy allows us to frame the debate nationally about an efficient, clean energy future while building and demonstrating power in key congressional districts and states around the country.

100% Renewable Energy Campuses

In order to move America towards a 100% clean energy future, we need to continue to move 100% renewable energy into the mainstream. A key part of that effort will be working on college and university campuses. College and university campuses are home to important thought leaders, researchers, and most importantly, to students. College and university campuses have a long history of leading the charge on some of America's most important social movements.

Right now, Environment America, Student PIRGs, and The Climate Reality Project are working together on a coordinated effort to raise the visibility of 100% renewable energy and jumpstart a national conversation by holding a series of events while launching 100% renewable energy campaigns on dozens of campuses.

 

Campaign Updates

Media Hit | Energy, Sustainability

UConnPIRG’s “lead” campaign strives to create renewable energy future for CT

Student activist group UConnPIRG will strive to keep further gas pipelines from being built in Connecticut and to move the state toward an 100 percent renewable energy future with its new “lead” campaign. 

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Blog Post | Energy, Sustainability

Take action today to stop the mining industry's misleading radio ads | Student PIRGs

Last week the EPA made a historic announcement setting the first-ever federal limits for carbon pollution from the single largest source: power plants. This is a huge step forward our country is taking to combat global warming, and we’re excited to make sure this happens.

Groups like the National Mining Association are not as thrilled. In fact, they’ve already started fear mongering about EPA’s proposal to limit carbon pollution from power plants.

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Media Hit | Energy, Sustainability

EPA now accepting public comments about proposed coal regulations

The Environmental Protection Agency is now accepting written comments concerning their proposed carbon pollution standards for new power plants until March 10. The new standards would end construction of any new coal-fired power plants in the U.S.

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Blog Post | Energy, Sustainability

Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Should Flunk the Climate Test | Student PIRGs

Today, the State Department released an environmental impact statement on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport tar sands from Canada to the Gulf Coast.

Just this week, President Obama reiterated his commitment to tackling global warming. Secretary of State John Kerry has been a leader in the movement to stop global warming. We call on both of these leaders to protect Americans now and in the future, and just say no to the Keystone XL pipeline and to tar sands oil.

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