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Who's Doing Something about Renewable Energy?

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There are about four people born every single second. As our growing population's energy needs grows, the more we will need clean, reliable, and sustainable energy to power our future. So, who’s doing something about renewable energy? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to find out.

Around the mid to late 1920’s electricity became more and more commonly used in the United States. Around the 1930’s it was common in most urban areas. Now, its pretty difficult to find places that don’t have access to electricity at some capacity. In under a century we kicked our use of electricity into overdrive. This works the same way for vehicles as well. In 1908 Henry Ford’s Model T revolutionized how we could get around. Currently there are over 250 million cars in the US alone, with nearly one billion world wide. These modern conveniences are all great for helping us go places, make, and do a lot of things, but they all require energy.

The one billion cars on Earth are here in this moment in time. This number is likely to increase as well. The global population is growing at a rate of about 131 million people per year. All those people being born will need to have access to medicine, housing, transportation, and food. All of those things require the use of more and more energy. The traditional energy sources are no longer able to power the needs of our planet without causing massive risk to the environment, health, and beyond. The world is ready for a different way to harness energy and power tomorrow’s needs.

Recently the government of Sweden has declared that it wants to go 100% renewable energy by eliminating its use of fossil fuels all together. Currently the nation already gets 2/3 of its energy from hydroelectric and nuclear. The goal now is to boost up the wind and solar production as well. This also involves using a lot of electric buses through out the nation while also raising taxes on petroleum and diesel.

In order for this type of thinking to be represented on a global stage more players will have to get in the game. Fortunately, some other places have begun thinking about these ideas as well. Costa Rica powered its entire nation for 75 consecutive days using only renewable energy sources. In July, Denmark produced all of its energy needs solely from wind-power resources. Closer to home, Hawaii has declared that it will become the first state to go 100% clean energy by 2045. This new type of thinking is even working in smaller areas. Georgetown, a small town in Texas, has declared that it intends to go fully sustainable and renewable energy within the next 2 years. Everything’s bigger in Texas, even ambition!

This is a great step forward in converting the planet's cumulative understanding of what energy use can be. Just as it took a century for our current energy needs take a hold of the planet, perhaps by enacting measures such as these we can see a conversion from fossil fuel heavy to diversified energy resources being used around the globe. These new industries could create many new jobs, promote new research, enhance environmental effects, increase health standards, and a myriad of other positive outcomes once they become a part of the cultural dialogue. So, from all of us here to all of the folks out there working on new energy solutions, more power to ya’, literally!