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Earth Month Reflections – The Urgency of Climate Crisis – SACE | Southern Alliance for Clean EnergySACE

Earth Month Reflections – The Urgency of Climate Crisis – SACE | Southern Alliance for Clean EnergySACE

Earth Month Reflections on the Urgency of the Climate Crisis - SACE | Southern Alliance for Clean EnergySACE

There’s no need to snooze: It’s time to act now. The future we dream of is possible.

AmyApril 27, 2022Rawe | April 27, 2022

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We no longer have the luxury of claiming to be caught at a crossroads between what we now know about climate versus what we don’t, between taking bold action or not. As Chris Carnevale’s recent blog post EVs Reduce Oil, Especially in the Face of TragediesNotes that twelve years ago, the devastating Deepwater Horizon oil leak was a wakeup call about the costs of our dependence upon fossil fuels. This included massive economic and ecological damages as well as the loss of lives.

There have certainly been countless environmental disasters well before and since the massive Deepwater Horizon oil spill – plus increasingly mounting evidence sounding the alarm that our reliance on fossil fuels has extraordinarily high costs in terms of the devastation of lives, economies, and the health of our planet – but we’ve continually hit the snooze button. Today, Russia’s attack on Ukraine is another wake-up call to the deadly risks and the financial consequences of basing a global economy on fossil fuels – even for those of us a world apart from the conflict.

Clean energy solutions were available twelve years ago but it was difficult to imagine how we could eliminate fossil-fuels from our lives. The hurdles loomed larger than the finish line, so it seems we didn’t push to race faster or harder. Today is a completely different story. The technology that we need to move past fossil fuels is readily available and affordable.

Chris pointed out in the blog above that solar and wind have fallen by 85% and 70% respectively over the past twelve year. Solar and wind are often the most cost-effective forms of electricity to make. The cost of battery technology to store energy has decreased while the advancements have been made have been confirmed by experts. 80% clean electricityWithout compromising reliability or incurring additional costs, 2030 without the need to reduce pollution, improve health, and create hundreds of thousands of new jobs.

So, what’s the hold-up, and what will it take? It will require a collective vision that is based on each individual’s actions. This is where we at SACE stand, alongside all of you who want to be a part of a clean energy generation that believes a clean energy economy, environment, and future are possible now that we’re wide awake and willing to get to work making this vision a reality.

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