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There is an urgent need to address climate change, as climate scientists now say that we have a decade or less to begin reducing greenhouse gas emissions to avoid catastrophic changes to the planet. Placing a price on carbon is crucial to helping transition to an emissions path that will minimize the effects of anthropogenic greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Energy efficiency and renewable energy are the fastest, safest, cleanest and most cost-effective means of addressing the problem within this diminishing window of time. Additionally, ramping up the production and deployment of renewable energy and efficiency technologies can provide jobs and economic growth while helping to alleviate our nation’s dependence on energy imports, which send hundreds of billions of dollars out of the country each year.

The Energy and Climate Program at EESI educates policymakers on science, technology and policy issues through Congressional briefings, our weekly Climate Change News, and our policy analysis. It supports policy changes and strategies that will allow the United States and other countries to mitigate climate change, while also reaping the environmental, economic, national security and public health benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. These strategies include:

  • Promoting development and use of renewable energy resources, including biomass, geothermal, solar, water technologies and wind, as well as demand reduction through energy efficient lighting, appliances and equipment, high-performance green buildings, and combined heat and power systems;
  • Educating policymakers about innovative climate change policies adopted by state, local and foreign governments, as well as those actions being taken by private sector companies;
  • Advocating energy efficiency and renewable energy policies and measures as cornerstones of national and state energy policy; and
  • Building coalitions of stakeholders drawn from consumer, business, environmental, religious, energy policy, governmental organizations and academia.

In essence, we seek to “change the political climate for climate change” and to help foster a low carbon energy revolution.

PV installation, small wind turbine, and manufactured housing photos courtesy of DOE/NREL

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