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Electricity generation is currently the leading cause of industrial air pollution in the U.S., as most of our electricity comes from oil, coal, natural gas, and other non-renewable energy sources.
Nonrenewable energy sources release CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere when burned, overheating the planet. At this point in human history, we are verging on a point of no return. We have reached a tipping point, and scientists now estimate that the window of time to reverse the damage done from man-made global warming is quickly diminishing.
We are currently dumping 110 million tons of manmade global warming pollution into the atmosphere every 24 hours.
The majority of human activities in the modern world require energy consumption, including industrial agriculture, land transportation (cars), landfills, forest burning, oil production, air transport, and coal mining, to name just a few.
However, of all the energy-intensive processes that humans depend on to sustain the modern way of life, buildings account for 39% of CO2 emissions in the United States (U.S. Green Building Council). Think about it – we are CONSTANTLY inside of buildings, whether that be our home, restaurant, workplace, concert hall – you name it. And occupying a building almost always requires consuming electricity and energy for lighting, heating, cooling, and water.
So, why clean energy? Switching to clean power is one of the most immediate and impactful ways that we can reduce the greenhouse gas emissions worsening the climate crisis and degrading the planet.
Clean energy is safe and renewable, unlike oil, natural gas, and coal, all of which pose risks to public and environmental health. For example, the process of oil extraction is an energy intensive process that pollutes the air and water with toxic chemicals. Wildlife is often degraded as fracking and drilling often requires destroying wildlife habitats. Of course, one of the most dangerous consequences of the use of oil is oil spills, which destroy marine wildlife sanctuaries, pollute waterways, and are a massive waste of energy and resources.