Wind, sunlight and water can power the entire world’s electricity, heating and transportation needs. That was the conclusion of the discussion on November 14th organized by the new group Power Without Pollution. CvC co-sponsored the event. Some 90 people were in attendance!
The two speakers were CT-based labor historian Jeremy Brecher and, via Skype, Stanford University engineer Mark Jacobson. He authored the Scientific American cover story “A plan for a sustainable future: How to get all energy from wind, water and solar power by 2030“.
We will link to the video when it is available.
A Statement from Capitalism vs. the Climate
May 13, 2013. Last year, Connecticut experienced its warmest year on record and saw 5 people killed by Superstorm Sandy.[i] At the same time, communities mobilized to build new recycling facilities and community gardens, bring together unions and climate activists, and postpone construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, demonstrating a heightened sense of urgency and possibility around confronting climate change.
“It’s clear that achieving 100% just, renewable energy is not only socially beneficial and technologically possible, but also an environmental necessity,” said Carmen Cordero, a member of Capitalism vs. the Climate. “Governor Malloy’s Comprehensive Energy Strategy is so packed with false solutions and loopholes that it takes Connecticut further away from reaching this goal.”
Despite our testimonies at public hearings and our satirical Climate Circus [ii], serious flaws in the Comprehensive Energy Strategy have not been remedied. We therefore call for the defeat of House Bill 6360 An Act Concerning an Implementation of Connecticut’s Comprehensive Energy Strategy and the related Senate Bills 839 and 1138.
Meeting in Voluntown, the group Capitalism vs. The Climate resolved to call for 100% Renewable CT Electricity, Heating and Transportation
Community-controlled, ecologically-appropriate energy stabilizes fuel costs, reduces air pollution deaths, and confronts climate change. We demand a just transition for all impacted communities and workers.
What is renewable energy? Here’s a complicated but valuable chart from Energy Justice Network.
Studies by Stanford University’s Mark Jacobson show that renewables can meet all our energy needs. By emphasizing energy conservation and shifting subsidies from militarism and dirty energy, it can likely be done much sooner than 2030.