ALTERNATIVE ENERGY QUOTES

quotations about alternative & renewable energy

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To truly transform our economy, protect our security, and save our planet from the ravages of climate change, we need to ultimately make clean, renewable energy the profitable kind of energy.

BARACK OBAMA, Address to Joint Session of Congress, Feb. 24, 2009

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Once the renewable infrastructure is built, the fuel is free forever. Unlike carbon-based fuels, the wind and the sun and the earth itself provide fuel that is free, in amounts that are effectively limitless.

AL GORE, Our Choice

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It is time for a sustainable energy policy which puts consumers, the environment, human health, and peace first.

DENNIS KUCINICH, speech, Sep. 27, 2005

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The use of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun.

RALPH NADER, Loose Talk

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Because the wind blows during stormy conditions when the sun does not shine and the sun often shines on calm days with little wind, combining wind and solar can go a long way toward meeting demand, especially when geothermal provides a steady base and hydroelectric can be called on to fill in the gaps.

MARK Z. JACOBSON & MARK A. DELUCCHI, Scientific American, Nov. 2009

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Clearly, we need more incentives to quickly increase the use of wind and solar power; they will cut costs, increase our energy independence and our national security and reduce the consequences of global warming.

HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON, speech at Cleantech Venture Forum VIII, Oct. 25, 2005

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The sun provides more energy in one hour than all humanity uses, in all forms, in a single year. Sunlight can provide us with its own resolution to our energy problems. The only transformation required is for humanity to reduce, or end, consumption of stored solar (as fossil fuels) and, in its place, use freely available "fresh" solar.

DAVID S. FINDLEY, Solar Power for Your Home

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In reality, Republicans have long been at war with clean energy. They have ridiculed investments in solar and wind power, bashed energy-efficiency standards, attacked state moves to promote renewable energy and championed laws that would enshrine taxpayer subsidies for fossil fuels while stripping them from wind and solar.

JEFF GOODELL, "Mitt Romney's Disastrous Energy Plan", Rolling Stone, Sep. 14, 2012

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Renewable energy is, by definition, replenished on a regular basis.... The two renewable exceptions of geothermal energy and tidal energy owe their existence to the origins of the universe. Tidal energy comes from the motion of the Moon around the Earth. Geothermal Energy comes from the heat generated deep within the Earth from the decay of naturally radioactive ore.... Although these energy resources are not being replenished, they will still last a billion years, and are therefore usually put into the renewable energy category.

BRIAN BLACK & RICHARD FLAREND, Alternative Energy

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There is one forecast of which you can already be sure: someday renewable energy will be the only way for people to satisfy their energy needs. Because of the physical, ecological and (therefore) social limits to nuclear and fossil energy use, ultimately nobody will be able to circumvent renewable energy as the solution, even if it turns out to be everybody's last remaining choice. The question keeping everyone in suspense, however, is whether we shall succeed in making this radical change of energy platforms happen early enough to spare the world irreversible ecological mutilation and political and economic catastrophe.

HERMAN SCHEER, Energy Autonomy: The Economic, Social and Technological Case for Renewable Energy

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Studies show that investments to spur renewable energy and boost energy efficiency generate far more jobs than oil and coal.

JEFF GOODELL, "Mitt Romney's Disastrous Energy Plan", Rolling Stone, Sep. 14, 2012

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Perhaps because of its technical, economic, and thermodynamic advantages, a renewable power sector would have six benefits over one reliant on conventional power plants, including (1) lower negative externalities per kWh, (2) more stable and predictable fuel prices, (3) fewer greenhouse gas emissions, (4) less water use, (5) improved efficiency, and (6) greater local employment and revenue.

BENJAMIN K. SOVACOOL & CHARMAINE WATTS, The Electricity Journal, May 2009

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The use of alternative energy is inevitable as fossil fuels are finite.

GAWDAT BAHGAT, Alternative Energy in the Middle East

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Of course the greatest obstacle to meeting the challenge of 100 percent renewable electricity in 10 years may be the deep dysfunction of our politics.... It is only a truly dysfunctional system that would buy into the perverse logic that the short-term answer to high gasoline prices is drilling for more oil ten years from now.

AL GORE, speech at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., Jul. 17, 2008

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The cost of renewable energy is largely a function of initial investment cost.... Once a renewable energy facility is built, at least with fixed-rate financing, the cost of power from that facility is fixed throughout its lifetime. Not so for fossil fuels, where the cost of power will vary in the future with fuel prices.

JOSE AMAYA, Development of Renewable Energy in Emerging Economies

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If we truly want an innovative and creative renewable fuel industry, then it needs to be challenged. And if we create a set of protections that allow it to not be as creative and innovative as possible, then we aren't doing a service to the industry or to the people of this country.

TOM VILSACK, speech, Oct. 12, 2006

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Because we are now running out of gas and oil, we must prepare quickly for a third change, to strict conservation and to the use of coal and permanent renewable energy sources, like solar power.

JIMMY CARTER, televised speech, Apr. 18, 1977

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For many working-class voters in places like Ohio, oil and gas and coal are the only 'real' forms of energy. Many people see wind and solar as just toys. So naturally, pandering politicians play to this idea, rather than challenging voters to see that renewable energy is not only growing fast but represents a far smarter and safer bet for the future than continuing with the old ways.

STEVE KRETZMANN, attributed, "Mitt Romney's Disastrous Energy Plan", Rolling Stone, Sep. 14, 2012

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We rushed into renewable energy without any thought. The schemes are largely hopelessly inefficient and unpleasant. I personally can't stand windmills at any price.

JAMES LOVELOCK, The Toronto Sun, Jun. 23, 2012

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To be sure, reaching the goal of 100 percent renewable and truly clean electricity within 10 years will require us to overcome many obstacles. At present, for example, we do not have a unified national grid that is sufficiently advanced to link the areas where the sun shines and the wind blows to the cities in the East and the West that need the electricity. Our national electric grid is critical infrastructure, as vital to the health and security of our economy as our highways and telecommunication networks. Today, our grids are antiquated, fragile, and vulnerable to cascading failure. Power outages and defects in the current grid system cost US businesses more than $120 billion dollars a year. It has to be upgraded anyway.

AL GORE, speech at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., Jul. 17, 2008

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