Doing what comes Nationally

Doing what comes Nationally

Should the U.S. consider a defined national policy to increase renewable energy use?

Alexandra Clarke

San Francisco State University

 

Would waking up to the sun every morning provide natural energy through solar power? Would everyone using an electric car to commute to work without the hassle and damaging effects of diesel exhaust and air pollution? Would the reliability of the United States electric grid cause a dramatic climate change and improve the balance of the four seasons? The United States is confident that a defined national energy policy will do the trick for many reasons. They have implemented federal, state and local policies.

 Energy is the best Policy

According to “The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy”, “National policies to improve energy efficiency can reduce oil imports, improve the reliability of the U.S. electric grid, save consumers money, reduce air pollution, create jobs, and reduce prices” (Policy, p.1). Specifically, these Federal policies will provide opportunities that will constitute many end-uses such as manufacturing systems and alternative transportation choices, such as driving an electric car to work instead of worrying about running out of gas everyday. For example, charging the battery versus filling up the tank and organically grown vegetables versus chemically induced store bought vegetables.

One, two, three, Step

In addition, through the action of policies briefs on a state level, “The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy” has come up with a one, two, three-step solution for states.

“Many states are struggling to recover from a recession, meet budget shortfalls, and lower unemployment rates. At the same time, states must take action to comply with a number of federal air regulations. Proactive states can use energy efficiency to address all of these policy goals with a simple three-step solution”: (States, p.1)

  1. Adopt an Energy Savings Target
  2. Capture Wasted Heat from Industry and Put It to Work
  3. Make Buildings Better

According to Federal Regulation, most of the basic pollutants come from power plants and industrial facilities with nitrous oxides and sulfur dioxides, particularly, Mercury and potentially greenhouse gases. For instance, reducing this amount of energy would reduce the amount of fuel burned, thus saving energy. Since energy is not for free, saving it would mean saving money. On a local level it would help businesses to reduce their operating costs, making them more attractive to conduct business. Ergo, this would be a reinvestment for consumers to buy goods and services wherever they may be while stimulating the local economy to create new jobs.

Question

Furthering this inquiry, The National Policy prompts, “The Big Question: What Do the Proposed EPA Regulations Mean for the Energy Industry?” According to the New Government Study: Americans are using less energy overall and making more use of renewable energy resources. Instead of cranking up the heater/air conditioner, people could choose to use solar panels.

Furthermore, the study also infers that energy equals the level of economic activity. “As a result, people and businesses are using less energy in general.” Plus, The estimated U.S. energy use in 2009 equaled 94.6 quadrillion BTUS) (quads) (British Thermal Units), down from 99.2 quadrillion BTUS in 2008.” (Renewables Increase, p.1). That could possibly cut most electric bills in half.

The United States should definitely put a defined national policy into effect. Everyone would be much healthier emotionally, financially, and physically. That would mean less disease, pollution and money. As a whole, the United States would have a much speedier recovery.

References

 

 

National Energy Policy. (2002, March 26). Retrieved March 26, 2015, from aceee.org

 

1, 2, 3: Solutions for States. (2002, March 26). Retrieved March 26, 2015, from aceee.org

 

U.S. Energy Use Declines, Renewables Increase. (1999, August 26). Retrieved August 26, 2010, from renewableenergyworld.com

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