In order to ensure the continued health of the planet, we need to reduce the CO2 in the atmosphere. Current levels of CO2 are around 385 ppm, and they need to be reduced to 350 ppm (1). We could temporarily get to this point by stopping our use of coal (1), but this can’t be done without other energy sources being available to make up the difference. The other energy sources must not emit CO2 into the atmosphere, so renewable energy is the logical choice.
The problem is that renewable energy can be prohibitively expensive in start up costs. Renewable energy currently costs 67% more than energy produced through more traditional means (2). However, based on current projections, renewable energy could save up to $30 billion by 2025 (3). Since this would save money in the long run, but requires a large investment up front, government funded projects are the clear choice.
Senate Bill 279 seeks to rectify this. The bill’s goal is to “promote the development of renewable energy on public land”. It is currently in the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (4). Our goal is to have this bill make it out of committee and then get passed into law. By signing this petition you are showing support for the bill, and if you'd like to go further, please send a letter to your local senators.