Last updated on: 1/30/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Green America (formerly Co-op America) Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“Gradually shifting toward more efficient technologies and renewable energy sources won’t be enough—we must catalyze a massive shift in our energy use within the next decade to stabilize our climate while meeting the world’s growing power needs. Since our country accounts for more than 20 percent of world greenhouse gas emissions, it is particularly important that we in the US lead the way.

The good news is that we have the knowledge, technology, and capacity to make the shift to a renewable energy path—it all hinges on growing solar power.

Solar energy is essential to a renewable energy future. Even after we achieve all possible energy-efficiency gains and take full advantage of other renewable energy sources, such as wind and geothermal, we’ll still need some other way to generate at least 30 percent of our power. (This gap between energy demand and renewable energy supply for all energy, not only electricity, could be as much as 70 percent without aggressive energy efficiency.) That remaining energy must come from solar, because the alternatives—more fossil-fuel or nuclear power sources—won’t eliminate the dangers we’re facing today.”

“The Promise of the Solar Future,” www.coopamerica.org, Summer 2005

Description:

“Founded in 1982, Green America is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Our democratically-constituted board is elected by our members from our consumer, business, and staff stakeholders. Green America operates as a collaborative and participatory workplace, where staff members reach conensus through democratic decision-making processes on key strategic issues for the organization.”

“Who We Are,” www.coopamerica.com (accessed Jan. 27, 2009)

Mission:

“Our mission is to harness economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society.

We work for a world where all people have enough, where all communities are healthy and safe, and where the bounty of the Earth is preserved for all the generations to come.”

“About Green America,” www.coopamerica.com (accessed Jan. 27, 2009)

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