By Grant Smith, Senior Policy Advisor for Energy at
Environmental Working Group, Contributor, The Hill
Advocates for 100 percent renewable energy often compare the effort needed to meet that goal to efforts to put a person on the moon. The truth is this: We’re closer to 100 percent renewable energy today than we were to the moon in 1961, when President Kennedy made his famous pledge to land there by the end of the decade. Read more here.
ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING GROUP NEWS RELEASE
Bloomberg Report: Trump To Call for 70 Percent Cut In Renewable Energy Funding. EWG said it is a scheme that is dead on arrival, because the clean energy revolution has wide support in even the most conservative parts of the nation. Bloomberg said the Trump administration’s 2020 federal budget request will call for slashing funding for the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, from its current level of $2.3 billion to $700 million, or roughly 70 percent.
- About the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE)
The mission of EERE is to create and sustain American leadership in the transition to a global clean energy economy. Its vision is a strong and prosperous America powered by clean, affordable, and secure energy.
To date, third-party evaluations have assessed one-third of EERE’s research and development portfolio and found that an EERE taxpayer investment of $12 billion has already yielded an estimated net economic benefit to the United States of more than $230 billion, with an overall annual return on investment of more than 20%.
EERE Strategic Goals
EERE Strategic Plan
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING & VIEWING
Trump tries to hold the line on coal, but America is moving on (from California to New York), by Mary Ann Hitt, Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign Director, Contributor, Red, Green and Blue. From retiring a coal plant that Trump tried to save with a tweet, to a historic announcement that Los Angeles won’t repower its gas plants, I want to be sure you’ve heard about these recent victories on the ground for the climate and clean energy movement that are moving our nation toward 100% clean energy.
- Watch Sierra Club’s New Documentary, Reinventing Power: America’s Renewable Energy Boom. Film takes us across the country to hear directly from the people making our clean energy future achievable.
- Why The Green New Deal Cuts Consumer Energy Costs & Unemployment, by Mark Z. Jacobson and Mark A. Delucchi. Critics claim that the Green New Deal is unaffordable and uneconomical and will sink the US into more debt. Having led the research team that developed science-based plans to transition each of the 50 states to 100% wind, water, and solar (WWS) in all energy sectors (electricity, transportation, heating and cooling, and industry), we conclude the opposite is true: the benefits of clean energy systems greatly exceed the costs. 10 other independent research groups similarly find that 100% renewable energy systems are low cost without fossil fuels with carbon capture or nuclear power.
About the Authors
Mark Z. Jacobson, Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University. See Also: The Solutions Project
Mark A. Delucchi, Senior Research Scientist, Institute of Transportation Studies, U.C. Berkeley