Last updated on: 3/24/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Rainforest Action Network Biography

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

“We must phase out polluting energy sources that destroy people and the planet. The question is no longer if we should transition to renewable energy, but when. To prevent greater harm to communities and ecosystems and avert catastrophic climate change, we need to start this transition today. We can switch to ‘living’ energy that is clean and renewable – energy that comes from a living world and maintains a living world…Wind, solar, tidal, geothermal, and small-scale hydroelectricity are clean, renewable sources of energy and are among the world’s fastest growing technologies. With the potential to decentralize energy production, renewable energies offer communities the chance to reclaim self-sufficiency and rebuild localized economies while providing cheaper, cleaner energy solutions…

Coal, nuclear and other fossil-fuel power plants are outdated, dangerous and unnecessary sources of energy. We can end our dependence on fossil fuels, curb climate change, protect our environment, and build healthier economies and communities by switching to clean, proven renewable energy options. It’s time to get out from under the thumb of corporations whose only concern is economic self-interest. It’s time to start an energy revolution by greening the grid.”

“Greening the Grid,” www.ran.org (accessed Mar. 20, 2009)

Description:

“Rainforest Action Network (RAN) is made up of 43 staff members in San Francisco, CA and in Tokyo, Japan, plus thousands of volunteer scientists, teachers, parents, students and other concerned citizens around the world. We believe that a sustainable world can be created in our lifetime, and that aggressive action must be taken immediately to leave a safe and secure world for our children.

Dubbed ‘some of the most savvy environmental agitators in the business’ by the Wall Street Journal, RAN uses hard-hitting markets campaigns to align the policies of multinational corporations with widespread public support for environmental protection. We believe that logging ancient forests for copy paper or destroying an endangered ecosystem for a week’s worth of oil is not just destructive, but outdated and unnecessary.”

“About RAN,” www.ran.org (accessed Mar. 20, 2009)

Mission:

“Rainforest Action Network campaigns for the forests, their inhabitants and the natural systems that sustain life by transforming the global marketplace through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action.”

“Our Mission & History,” www.ran.org (accessed Mar. 20, 2009)

Other:
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Quoted in:
  1. Should the US Immediately Phase out Fossil Fuels?
  2. Should Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Technology Be Developed?
  3. Should the US Use "Clean Coal" as an Energy Source?