Environment & the World

Thursday, September 21, 2006

25 x ’25 Renewable Energy Plan Gets a Boost

Filed under: Energy, Politics — amirj @ 3:00 pm

Taking a step closer to actualizing the vision that Al Gore outlined in his recent NYU speech, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Agriculture Committee approved today the 25 x ’25 resolution. This resolution expresses the sense of Congress that the U.S. should produce 25% of its energy from renewable sources by 2025. The resolution boasts bi-partisan sponsorship, and will now go to the House for a vote.

H.Con.Res. 424 states,

“Expressing the sense of Congress that it is the goal of the United States that, not later than January 1, 2025, the agricultural, forestry, and working land of the United States should provide from renewable resources not less than 25 percent of the total energy consumed in the United States and continue to produce safe, abundant, and affordable food, feed, and fiber.”

There’s some pretty good language in the resolution. It goes on to recognize that these resources can help ensure a sustainable energy system, that this initiative would improve national security and provide affordable energy for all citizens, that it would create economic growth and develop new jobs, and that it would reduce our dependence on imported energy.

The 25 x ’25 resolution has broad support. The Apollo Alliance, Environmental Defense, Ford Motors, General Motors, the NRDC and Union of Concerned Scientists are among dozens of national organizations, foundations, and corporations that have endorsed the plan. The 25 x ’25 coalition even has a website with lots of information, press, a full list of supporters, and updates on implementing the vision.

Of course, the resolution isn’t perfect. As it stands now, it’s nonbinding and lacks funding appropriations to achieve this goal. Nor does it include any penalties, benchmarks, or any sort of plan to implement the 25 x ’25 goals. All this doesn’t mean it’s useless, though. Sometimes it’s good to have a goal work towards; and if the U.S. Congress throws its weight behind this goal, it gets the real sense that this is the direction towards which the country will move. Finally.

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