photo: Steve Ryan via flickr, Creative Commons
Secretary of the Interior Salazar has certainly been enthusiastic about renewable energy lately, which is a very good thing indeed. In a recent statement he pumped up the huge potential of wind power off the shores of the United States, as well as large gaps in knowledge regarding fossil fuel resources also present there. The interesting thing in his latest statements, aren't about renewable energy potential, but how he has framed fossil fuels in relation to renewables:Saying that though oil, natural gas and coal will be part of future energy plans, they will not be enough for energy independence, especially in the context of global climate change,
The realities of climate change are upon us. For too long we have ignored the true costs of our energy use. Building America’s clean energy future is front and center on President Obama’s agenda. He knows that if we are turn our economy around; that if we are to lead the next great technological transformation in our world; and that if we are to create millions of new clean-energy jobs here at home, we must finally take the moon-shot on energy independence.
I also find it very interesting that he's used the same moon-shot analogy that Al Gore did last summer. The crucial difference is that in Al Gore's proverbial lunar expedition renewable energy powered the entire thing; fossil fuels had a diminished role much more quickly than I think Salazar envisions. Salazar certainly gets the reality of climate change, the role that renewable energy and his department can play in mitigating it, but the urgency with which emissions reductions are required doesn't quite seem to have set in yet.
Read all of Salazar's statement: Department of the Interior (press release)
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