A Plan for the Solar Revolution

It’s not too late for the United States to lead a solar revolution that transitions the world to carbon-free energy, but it will take commitment on a scale not seen since World War II.



solar revolution - installing solar panels
Among its benefits, the solar revolution will provide a source of labor-intensive jobs, such as installing PV panels.
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UN climate conference
Visitors to the 2008 UN climate conference in Poznan, Poland.
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Melting glaciers
Maps showing rapid Arctic ice loss. This consequence of climate change will ultimately lead to rising sea levels around the world.
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Obama and solar panels
President Obama is very supportive of renewable energy and action on climate change. But is the U.S. government ready to act quickly enough to solve our energy problems?
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350 parts per million
Climate activists form the number 350. Many scientists estimate 350 parts per million as the highest safe level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Current levels are about 387 parts per million.
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Efficient new batteries
Engineers are developing advanced batteries for new hybrid-electric vehicles.
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Pasture with wind turbines
Wind turbines are a good alternative to carbon dense fuels such as coal.
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Japanese bullet train
An energy-efficient train in Japan. The United States could benefit from a highly efficient light rail system.
ISTOCKPHOTO
Earth from space
Can we reduce greenhouse gases enough to avoid the worst effects of global climate change? Scientists warn that we don’t have much time to act.
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