The world is moving into a new era, the Go Green Revolution (GGR).
This means that everyone, not only environmental activists, has
to go green because of the earth's current global warming and
rising seas. Environmental changes are not only damaging to our
economy, but are now to the point of threatening human life
itself. It is no longer acceptable to solely use fossil fuels
to run the economy while damaging the environment.
Many countries now realize there is a problem and are actively
trying to change their economic system to become more earth
friendly. Germany is an example of this, they have placed a cap
on their CO2 emissions to reduce their greenhouse gas
contribution. In Brazil, they have taken charge and started the
process of changing to ethanol. They have already changed 40%
of their fuel to ethanol, so they are no longer dependant on
foreign imported oils.
the United States, the Bush administration has in the past five
years been spending 29 billion dollars in research and
development of renewable energy sources and energy tax
incentives. What is more interesting is that Congress and the
Senate are both controlled by the Democratic Party. This is
significant in that there is a presidential election next year
and if a Democrat wins the presidency, there will be a huge
shift toward green energy policies. The Democratic Party has
many environmental supporters. It’s also possible that there
could be more pressure put on the oil and gas companies to
invest in renewable energy sources. If this were to happen,
it's possible a tremendous amount of money would be invested in
renewable sources of energy.
Americans, in general, already acknowledge failure with the Iraq
War. They are realizing more and more their dependence on oil
and that they must change to renewable sources of energy.
After a new administration is brought in, many countries will
have to change their energy policies if the U.S. decides to join
the Kyoto treaty with the condition that all developing nations
join (including China and India).
The United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
already warns us of the seriousness of global warming. Dr.
Achim Steiner, Exec. Direc UN Environmental Program, says that
“It matters whether or not you are born in Africa…..societies
are affected in different ways.” No longer is there debate
about our direct involvement in global warming. We, humans, are
responsible for the warming of the earth and all nations accept
this result without doubt.
How does this global change affect us?
It's very clear that our future has to change dramatically
soon. This is bad news for those nations that are not
prepared. The future competitiveness of a nation depends on its
energy security. Whoever develops the initial green energy
source, will elevate their nation to become a major power in the
future. A new revolution means new opportunities for all
industrial nations. It can be solar, wind, water, biomass, or
any type of renewable energy source for all different nations.
It is a matter of survival and the fittest will come out on top
with innovative energy developments.
century had the Industrial Revolution, the 20th century had the
IT revolution and now the Go
Revolution is for the 21st century.
Revolution and converting to an environmentally friendly
industry is no longer a choice. It is our reality and it's
coming to us very fast.
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Ken Salazar, U.S. Senator,
Dear Mr. Lee:
Thank you for contacting me regarding energy independence.
I appreciate hearing from you.
America has an energy problem. We are dependent on foreign
oil, our increasing consumption deepens our dependence,
and rising energy costs are hurting America’s families and
businesses. Our current rate of growth puts us on track to
import 70% of our oil in 2020, at costs even higher than
today’s. I am pleased that the President recognized the
importance of energy independence in his State of the
Union address and expressed an interest in working toward
Our energy problem is both a challenge and an opportunity.
It challenges us to think boldly, to explore new ideas,
and to find and develop alternative sources of energy. In
the Senate I have been a champion for renewable energy and
energy efficiency, working with my colleagues on a number
of legislative initiatives that will help us cut our
dependence on foreign oil.
Just recently, I was proud that a number of alternative
energy tax incentives from bills that I introduced were
signed into law. These extensions of tax credits for wind,
solar, and biofuels production will help give investors
and renewable energy developers added certainty as they
bring their clean energy to market. I was also pleased
that the President recently signed into law tax incentives
for energy efficiency in homes and businesses from a bill
You may also be interested to know that I am part of a
bipartisan group of Senators that have introduced S. 339,
the DRIVE Act. This bill, similar to a bill I and others
introduced last year called the Vehicle and Fuel Choices
for American Security Act, promotes conservation and
renewable energy production. The DRIVE Act improves the
efficiency of our vehicles, which account for nearly
two-thirds of our oil consumption, by mandating the
installation of flexible fuel technology in new vehicles,
by improving tire efficiency, by encouraging research and
development to improve gas mileage, and by promoting the
production and use of hybrid and advanced diesel engines.
To help expand the availability of renewable fuels for our
vehicle fleet, the DRIVE Act encourages the expansion of
our bio-refinery capacity and our ability to produce E85,
a fuel that is an 85% ethanol mix.
I am excited by the opportunities afforded by renewable
energy and I am proud that Colorado, with its National
Renewable Energy Laboratory, its extensive farmland, its
solar resources, its winds, and with the ingenuity of its
residents, is poised to become a global leader in
renewable energy development.
Please be assured that I will keep your thoughts in mind
as I continue to fight for energy independence. Thanks
again for contacting me.
United States Senator