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How to drive fossil fuels out of the US economy, quickly

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Burlington, Vermont, gets 100 percent of its power from renewable energy, including from solar farms like this one, built on locally made systems that track the sun.

by David Roberts, Vox


  • A new initiative, Rewiring America founded by Saul Griffith, asserts that rapid decarbonization through electrification would create 15 million to 20 million jobs in the next decade and that it’s possible to eliminate 70 percent to 80 percent of US carbon emissions by 2035 through rapid deployment of existing electrification technologies, with little-to-no carbon capture and sequestration. 
  • Rewiring America: 
    • Asserts that successfully addressing the climate crisis will require a mobilization similar to the economic mobilization that took place in the U.S. during World War II
    • Has produced a dashboard that collects all data on how energy is used in the U.S. It tracks where every unit of energy enters the economy and how it is used as it passes through
    • Asserts that no new technology advancements are needed and no great sacrifice will be required to decarbonize the economy
    • Relies on five well-established technologies: wind power, solar power, electric vehicles, electric heat pumps, and energy storage
    • Asserts that market mechanisms will not work in time to achieve goals and that a command and control approach is what it will take.
Image from Rewiring America/Saul Griffith, sourced on Vox


Fossil fuel divestment and the transition to 100% clean energy is critical to achieving The Climate Center’s goals under the Climate-Safe California Platform.

Read More: https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/21349200/climate-change-fossil-fuels-rewiring-america-electrify