Climate Change and the Global Energy Crisis
Taking on Climate Change and the Global Energy Crisis
Thursday, November 20
The Energy and Environment Policy Transition Team recently convened a meeting to discuss complex and challenging issues head-on. With advice from some of the most experienced voices in the field, this diverse group of experts is wasting no time in addressing problems like climate change and rising energy costs that we must tackle right away.
Thousands of Americans who are passionate about these issues are also speaking out.
Eric from Hebron, IN, wrote in supporting cap-and-trade measures. He said:
- "Based on the
enviormental policy video I just watched, I thought I should
share my ideas on that subject. First, I think the first and
most effective program that should be submitted for appoval
is the Cap and Trade system for pollution credits. This
program I believe is one of the most easily implemented
programs available. Secondly, I would like to see the
goverment give serious thought to Carbon Capture, this
technology is still in its infancy but with the appropiate
funding and research this technology could be a key tool in
the global warming battle."
On rising energy prices and the auto industry, Michael from Olympia, WA wrote:
- "I think it is very important to provide
financial incentives to auto manufacturers to produce
plug-in hybrid cars. We also need financial incentives, such
as tax credits, for consumers to purchase plug-in hybrids.
In my humble opinion, this is the most important first step
in changing our nation's energy usage habits, and it will go
a long way toward energy independence, providing a cleaner
environment, and strengthening the economy."
Others offered up creative solutions that might help American businesses keep up with the growing need for conservation. Susan from Chicago, IL, wrote:
- "I would like to see
Americans working to design and build state-of-the-art
environmentally-friendly, energy-efficient public transit
vehicles (buses, trams, trains) - technology that could also
be exported... We need an energy policy and plan based on
energy efficiency, energy conservation, and development of
community-based wind, solar, and geothermal
Jen from Tempe, AZ, got fired up after watching our latest video, and wrote:
- "Your recent
video address made me so hopeful the country may actually be
able to move away from fossil fuel dependency! I'm so
excited!! ....Please do something
Conversations like these are vital to effective policy development. Your voices will be part of the team's effort to combat climate change and empower Americans to live more sustainable lives.