Stanford University energy expert Mark Jacobson and others have explained how New York state could be powered entirely by wind, water and sunlight, reports Stephen Leahy at Inter Press Service. Powering New York on green energy is “sustainable and inexpensive” and would save lives and health costs, Jacobson said. Air pollution kills 4,000 people in New York State annually and costs the public 33 billion dollars in health costs, says the study by Jacobson and experts from all over the US. “Converting to wind, water and sunlight is feasible, will stabilise costs of energy and will produce jobs while reducing health and climate damage,” said Jacobson. 40 percent of New York State’s energy would come from local wind power, 38 percent from local solar and the rest from a combination of hydroelectric, geothermal, tidal and wave energy. All vehicles would run on battery-electric power and/or hydrogen fuel cells. Air- and ground-source heat pumps, geothermal heat pumps, heat exchangers and backup electric resistance heaters would heat and cool buildings and power water heaters. “I think the public will be 100 percent behind this,” says Jacobson. All that’s needed is leadership.
Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here: http://signon.org/sign/we-are-the-clean-99?source=c.em.cp&r_by=487176 . This is an ongoing campaign (the next Congressional election is in 2 years!) so please, spread the word. It’s our way of telling Congress that a strong clean energy voting bloc is out there. This is how YOU can make a difference.
For more on Climate Change, check out my weekly column at the HuffingtonPost, Climate Change This Week : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/index.php?author=mary-ellen-harte
Visions of a sustainable, pollution-free New York by 2030. As usual, midtown Manhattan is packed with whisper-quiet cars and trams while thousands walk the streets listening to the birds of spring sing amongst the gleaming, grime-free skyscrapers in the crystal-clear morning air. Welcome to New York City in April 2030. Inter Press Service. 20 March 2013. http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/03/visions-of-a-sustainable-pollution-free-new-york-by-2030/