The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report finally makes crystal clear the reality of climate change and the underlying reality of its largely human cause. With many objective scientists pointing out that human use of fossil fuels is pushing climate change to the limits of Earth’s ability to sustain human civilization, the most important discussion remaining to be had concerns how easily we can shift away from fossil fuels to far cleaner renewable energy sources and greater energy use efficiency. The report, “Energy Self-Reliant States,” published by the New Rules Project in 2010 estimates that Missouri could generate more than 9 times its current demand for electricity from wind and solar energy, and the University of Massachusetts Political Economy Research Institute estimated in 2009 that solar and wind energy generate 2 to 3 times as many jobs per $1 million spent as do coal, oil and gas or nuclear energy.
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