PA IPL would like to announce Patricia DeMarco, Ph.D.’s “Transformations” blog post for Earth Day and International Workers Day. It is framed on “Energy Independence”.
The full article with data is linked below. Here are some short excerpts:
Even as the calls of alarm for the rapid pace of global warming become more urgent, the Russian invasion of Ukraine has become the latest excuse to defer the energy system transformation to a renewable base. As long as the U.S. participates in an international marketplace where the price of the commodity is determined by global geo-political forces, the concept of energy independence has no real meaning.
The political will to move the legal and regulatory infrastructure to support this goal has not been mobilized, even though most Americans see climate change as an important issue. People fear the loss of jobs in the energy sector, without recognizing that the skills and capabilities of workers in this sector are readily transferable to the clean energy economy.
It is time to recognize the reality of our interdependence as human species to preserve the biodiversity of the planet and to restore the health of the ecosystems we depend on for our survival. Fresh water, clean air, and fertile ground support life on Earth as we know it. If we continue on this path, driven by greed and adherence to a fossil fueled economy, we will destroy ourselves, and all of the living Earth.
Clean Energy and Energy Independence with PA IPL & JEA
This meeting, recorded Wednesday, April 20, 2022, is part of PA IPL’s ongoing partnership with Jewish Earth Alliance (JEA).
TOPIC: Clean Energy and Energy Independence
This joint session with JEA focuses on how clean energy produced in the USA is the path to true energy independence. Katie Blume, Political Director of Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, is our speaker. The war in the Ukraine has exposed how vulnerable we are by continuing to rely on imported dirty energy and the gas and oil companies are exploiting the current situation for their own profits. Katie talks about PA-wide and national efforts to help people understand we must quickly transition to clean energy and how to answer people who believe we must drill more gas and oil. She also discusses efforts to get clean energy initiatives in the Federal reconciliation bill.
Gas prices have skyrocketed and American families are paying the price.
Despite raking in record profits in 2021, the oil and gas industry is exploiting the crisis in Ukraine by pushing out misinformation to line their pockets and gain a free pass to drill for more fossil fuels.
Most of the big oil and gas companies posted huge profits in 2021, the highest profits seen in years. Yet, they are driving up energy costs for families with higher prices for gasoline, home heating oil and other energy. Even with US oil and gas production nearing record levels, Americans haven’t been spared from volatile fossil fuel prices.
No one should be profiting from a war, but that’s exactly what the fossil fuel companies are trying to do. And while big oil and gas get richer, Americans get more hurricanes, floods, wildfires and heatwaves, made worse by intensifying climate change.
Clean energy, not more oil and gas, will protect Americans from the volatile and dangerous fossil fuel economy. Wind, solar, and other renewable sources, are homegrown and create good-paying jobs here in the US. We don’t need to import it and it is not subject to the wild fluctuations of the global fossil fuel markets and supply chain disruptions. The clean energy and climate provisions under consideration in Congress would reduce annual US. oil consumption by 180 million barrels per year by 2030–roughly twice current US imports of Russian oil.