To Fix US Energy Policy, Start Over

Activist argues for multipronged strategy on climate change
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2008 6:28 PM CDT
Echelon is demonstrating how smart utility metering systems, street lighting systems, home networks, and building control systems can work together to create a complete ''smart grid."   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The US must overhaul its environmental strategy, alternative-energy advocate Denis Hayes writes in Yale Environment 360, and here's how:

  • Cap carbon at its source—coal mines, oil fields, pipelines—not where it leaves the atmosphere.
  • Promote renewable energy and buy photovoltaic devices in bulk to drive prices down.

  • Construct a nationwide smart grid.
  • Improve automobile mileage: 50mpg by 2020, 100mpg by 2030.
  • Build high-speed electrified railways.
  • Do it now.
To see the complete list, as well as Hayes' reasoning, click the link below.