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Gearing up for the convention, the DNC held a Clean Energy Party in Charlotte, North Carolina on Monday, which was attended by nearly 300 people, including House representatives, senators, delegates, lobbyists and activists. The topic of the evening was keeping the U.S. at the forefront of international renewable energy development, creating energy jobs and reducing greenhouse gases.
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D – R.I.) spoke to the crowd, saying that alternative, renewable energy sources are the wave of the future, and will eventually overtake fossil fuels as the dominant energy resource. If the U.S. doesn’t continue developing energy jobs and new green technology, we will find ourselves behind the times, having to purchase equipment manufactured out of the country–from China, for instance.
“It’s a question of economic competitiveness,” Whitehouse said.
Alternative energy sources are only beginning to become cost competitive to fossil fuels. However, the executive director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Steve Smith, who attended the Clean Energy Party, said his organization is opposed to new development of coal and nuclear plants. Instead, aging coal plants could be updated to work with natural gas. This would be a low-emissions alternative to rely on while clean energy, like wind and solar, get up to speed. It would also create energy jobs.
In view of the way green technology is poised to overtake fossil fuels, Senator Whitehouse expressed concern over the burden that would be left for future generations. “If we don’t get it right, if we don’t get our carbon emissions under control, people will look back on what we have done here and ask, ‘Why did they fail us so badly?’”
Despite some Republican claims, renewable resources have also been proven to generate more energy jobs than fossil fuels, which makes green technology a good investment for today and tomorrow.
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