Green Inaugural Ball: Quotes for a New Green Economy
“My presidency will mark a new chapter in America's leadership on climate change” - Barack Obama, at a Global Warming Summit in California, November 17, 2008 (video).
“I strongly agree with Vice President Gore that we cannot drill our way to energy independence, but must fast-track investments in renewable sources of energy like solar power, wind power and advanced biofuels, and those are the investments I will make as President. It's a strategy that will create millions of new jobs that pay well and cannot be outsourced, and one that will leave our children a world that is cleaner and safer." - Barack Obama, July 17, 2008.
"My presidency will mark a new chapter in America's leadership on climate change that will strengthen our security and create millions of new jobs in the process.” - President-elect Barack Obama, Global Climate Summit, November 18, 2008 (video).
"The time for delay is over. The time for denial is over. We all believe what the scientists have been telling us for years now, that this is a matter of urgency and national security and it has to be dealt with in a serious way. That's what I intend my administration to do.” Barack Obama, after meeting former Vice President Al Gore in Chicago, December 9, 2008.
“Our goal should be... we are free of dependence on Middle Eastern Oil.” - Barack Obama, Presidential debate, October 7, 2008.
“This is the moment when we must come together to save this planet.” - Barack Obama, Berlin Germany, July 24, 2008 (video).
“Let us resolve that all nations will act with seriousness of purpose, and reduce the carbon we send into our atmosphere. This is the moment to give our children back their future. ”- Barack Obama, Berlin Germany, July 24, 2008 (video).
The Obama-Biden New Energy for America plan will help create five million new jobs by strategically investing $150 billion over the next ten years to catalyze private efforts to build a clean energy future. - Source.
The Obama-Biden New Energy for America plan will Put 1 million Plug-In Hybrid cars -- cars that can get up to 150 miles per gallon -- on the road by 2015, cars that we will work to make sure are built here in America. - Source.
The Obama-Biden New Energy for America plan will Ensure 10 percent of our electricity comes from renewable sources by 2012, and 25 percent by 2025. Source.
"America is going to free itself from our dependence on foreign oil through a real, long-term commitment to transform our energy sector." - Barack Obama, Town Hall on Energy, Jul. 31, 2008.
“We believe that if Dr. King were with us today, he would be working to build a green economy -- strong enough to lift people out of poverty and restore hope to America.” - Van Jones, before the U.S. House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, January 15, 2009.
“I challenge our nation to commit to producing 100% of our electricity from renewable energy and truly clean carbon-free sources within 10 years.” – Al Gore.
The pent up renewable energy revolution is waiting in the wings, ready to be unleashed. At a time when fossil fuels are dragging down our economy, we should be looking to free fuels like the wind and the sun to power our economy, and we should be moving swiftly to bring these promising energy sources to the entire world. - Rep. Edward Markey.
Climate change and energy security not just threats...they are opportunities - Jonathan Lash.
By making buildings and homes more efficient, ramping up renewable energy generation, constructing a unified national smart grid, and transitioning to clean and affordable plug-in cars, we can address our country’s economic and national security challenges—all while making huge strides to solve the climate crisis.
In nation after nation, leaders have concluded that they must design a green stimulus and build the infrastructure for renewable sources of energy and put people to work retro-fitting homes and buildings with CO2 reducing insulation and windows and lighting and more efficient technologies - Al Gore.
Responding to climate change requires the full engagement of national, state and local public officials, business executives, religious and community leaders, and every citizen. By uniting in this common purpose and mobilizing America's ingenuity and can-do spirit, we can rise to this challenge.
We can revitalize our economy, increase our energy security, and do our part to cut global warming pollution, all at the same time.
"We're committed to changing not just light bulbs, but laws. And laws will only change with leadership." - Al Gore.
In the next hour, enough sunlight will hit the earth to meet the entire planet’s energy needs for an entire year. - SIA internal document
Photovoltaic panels have been used for 50 years in space, on Mars, in Antarctica, and on hundreds of thousands of roofs around the world - SIA internal document
“Solar is the greatest business opportunity in the history of humanity.” – Ted Turner, 2007 Solar Conference.
“Solar can be one of the greatest and most exciting adventures ever undertaken by the American people; harnessing the power of the sun to enrich our lives as we move away from our crippling dependence on foreign oil.” – President Jimmy Carter (1979), SIA internal document
Each month of use of a one kilowatt photovoltaic system prevents 150 lbs. of coal from being mined. - Source.
Each month of use of a one kilowatt photovoltaic system prevents 300 lbs. of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. - Source.
Each month of use of a one kilowatt photovoltaic system prevents 105 gallons of water from being consumed. - Source.
North Dakota, Texas, Kansas, and South Dakota have enough wind to power the entire country. - AWEA.
Wind development can save consumers money and bring construction jobs, leasing royalties, and increased tax revenues to local communities. - Sierra Club.
Wind power is the fastest-growing energy source in the world. - Worldwatch Institute.
Using 100 kWh of wind power each month is equivalent to planting ½ acre of trees. - Source.
Using 100 kWh of wind power each month is equivalent to not driving 2,400 miles. - Source.
Green Investment Will Yield Two Million Jobs in Two Years - Source.
In 2006 renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies generated 8.5 million new jobs, nearly $970 billion in revenue, and more than $100 billion in industry profits. - Source.
Green Jobs Are Local Jobs
Green Jobs Provide Pathways Out of Poverty - Source.
Green Jobs Rebuild a Strong Middle Class - Source.
Green Jobs Strengthen Urban and Rural Communities - Source.
Green Jobs Will Help Solve the Climate Crisis - Source.
Green jobs bolster employment in construction and manufacturing. - Source.
A Green Recovery program that spends $100 billion over two years would create 2 million new jobs - Source.
A $300 billion investment in America’s economic and energy future over 10 years would produce 3.3 million jobs and a $1.43 trillion gain in GDP. - Source.
A $300 billion investment in America’s economic and energy future over 10 years would produce 932,000 of the jobs are in energy diversity. - Source.
A $300 billion investment in America’s economic and energy future over 10 years would produce 900,000 jobs in industries of the future -- hybrid cars, energy efficient appliances. - Source.
A $300 billion investment in America’s economic and energy future over 10 years would produce 827,000 jobs in high performance buildings - Source.
A $300 billion investment in America’s economic and energy future over 10 years would produce 679,000 jobs in infrastructure investment. - Source.
Renewable energy creates 40% more jobs per dollar invested than coal fired plants. - Source.
If automakers are required to have a fleet-wide average of 35mpg by 2018, nationwide there’d be an increase of a total of 241,000 jobs by 2020. - Source.
California’s Million Solar Roof Initiative will create 15,000 new jobs. - Source.
Worldwide employment in alternative energies may rise to 2.1 million in wind and 6.3 million in solar power by 2030. - Source.
Renewable energy generates more jobs than employment in fossil fuels. - Source.
Projected global investments of US$630 billion by 2030 would translate into at least 20 million additional jobs in the renewable energy sector. - Source.