Monday, December 27, 2010



Clean Energy Principles

We have all the tools and resources we need to solve the climate crisis. Here in the U.S., by using our energy more efficiently, utilizing clean, renewable energy sources, upgrading and expanding our energy infrastructure, and transitioning to low carbon fuel sources in our transportation sector, we will not only reduce global warming, but also save American consumers money and create new jobs and business opportunities.

Energy Efficiency
Millions of dollars and enormous amounts of energy are wasted each year simply because our homes and businesses aren’t as energy-efficient as they could be. To make the most out of the energy we currently produce, America needs a national efficiency upgrade. The result will be more comfortable and valuable homes and buildings, lower utility bills, and tens of thousands of new jobs as we retrofit existing buildings to be more efficient and manufacture more American products that use less energy.

Renewable Energy
America’s power sector relies on fossil fuels and emits pollution that endangers the air we breathe, the water we drink, and heats up our atmosphere. We need to accelerate the ramp-up of clean, renewable electricity sources through policies that support increased private and public investment in clean energy technologies. Renewable energy will deliver clean, reliable power to meet America’s needs, reduce carbon pollution and make real progress toward solving the climate crisis.

Energy Infrastructure
The U.S. electricity transmission and distribution system — or “grid” — is in critical need of an upgrade. Investing in a modern transmission infrastructure will enable clean electricity to power American homes and businesses. Smart grids can enable households to sell excess electricity they may produce from their solar panels, providing a new source of revenue. One day, smart grids may interact with our electric-drive vehicles, enabling renewable energy to be stored in the batteries, and deployed when we need it most. Smart meters can inform users of their energy usage, and enable them to take actions to reduce their electricity consumption during peak hours, saving money. Investing in our energy infrastructure can provide many opportunities to create even more innovative ways of making inroads to repowering America with 100 percent clean energy.

U.S. passenger vehicles (cars and trucks) consume about 380 million gallons of gasoline per day and contribute 20% of our global warming pollution. The gasoline for these cars is almost entirely refined from petroleum, nearly 60% of which is imported. We can encourage state and local governments to set greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets for the transportation sector, and make investments in public transit and smart development patterns that can reduce our reliance on personal automobiles and imported oil. Smart transportation systems that provide accessible alternatives to personal vehicles will also make our air cleaner to breathe and make our nation safer by reducing our dependence on foreign oil.More info at

Minimize Your Impact, Save Money

You can take steps to help Repower America each and every day. Make your own switch to energy efficient appliances, power generated by renewable energy, and cleaner sources of personal transportation. With all of us working together, we can build a movement to Repower America.

Change a Light Bulb
Replacing one regular light bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb will save 150 pounds of carbon dioxide a year.

Drive Less
Walk, bike, carpool or take mass transit more often. You’ll save one pound of carbon dioxide for every mile you don’t drive.

Recycle More
You can save 2,400 pounds of carbon dioxide per year by recycling just half of your household waste.

Check Your Tires
Keeping your tires inflated properly can improve gas mileage by more than three percent. Every gallon of gasoline saved keeps 20 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.

Use Less Hot Water
It takes a lot of energy to heat water. Use less hot water by installing a low flow showerhead (350 pounds of CO2 saved per year) and washing your clothes in cold or warm water (500 pounds saved every year).

Avoid Products With a Lot of Packaging
You can save 1,200 pounds of carbon dioxide if you cut down your garbage by 10 percent.

Adjust Your Thermostat
Move your thermostat down just two degrees in winter and up two degrees in summer. You could save about 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide a year with this simple adjustment.

Plant a Tree
A single tree will absorb one ton of carbon dioxide over its lifetime.

Turn off electronic devices
Simply turning off your television, DVD player, stereo, and computer when you’re not using them will save you thousands of pounds of carbon dioxide a year.


Željko Serdar
Head of business association

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