Top Ten Countdown

Reason 10 -
• Environmental Justice

Plusses

The poor can breathe clean air and not be forced to live in toxic zones. This is a right.

Who Gains?

The poor of any country living near coal plants and other forms of pollution

Who Suffers?

The fossil fuel industry, its stock holders and politicians who thrive on our addiction to fossil fues

 

 
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Reason 9 - Fossil fuels and
nuclear materials are • finite

Plusses

Donít have to worry about running out, orpaying higher costs to explore for hard to reach supplies

Who Gains?

Tourism industry, workers exposed to the dangers of fuel exploration

Who Suffers?

The fossil fuel industry, its stock holders and politicians who thrive on our addiction to fossil fuels

Reason 8 - • Corruption
surrounds fossil fuel production

Plusses

Dictators and politicians could no longer be corrupted by cooperating with fossil fuel industry.

Who Gains?

All but those benefiting from sweetheart deals

Who Suffers?

Ok. We think you get the message.
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Reason 7 - • Accidental Dangers

Plusses

Accidents in nuclear plants, oil drilling, coal mining, gas fracking and transporting would be eliminated

Who Gains?

Residents of areas where accidents are likely to happen

Who Suffers?

Ok. We think you get the message.

Reason 6 - • Homeland Security

Plusses

No longer having to defend the oil supply with blood and treasure that we can ill-afford

Who Gains?

Military personnel and their families, US taxpayers, war victims

Who Suffers?

Ok. We think you get the message.

Reason 5 - • Food contamination
(Pollution: Air, drinking water), wildlife resources)

Plusses

Renewables do not pollute. Not true for any fossil fuels.

Who Gains?

People who breathe, drink water, consume seafood (We believe that includes everyone)

Who Suffers?

Ok. We think you get the message.

Reason 4 - • Price

Plusses

As economies of scale kick in, and advances in technology increase, renewable energy will be a bargain compared with fossil fuels. Green buildings cost less than conventionally-built ones over time.

Who Gains?

Consumers
Who Suffers?
Ok. We think you get the message.

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Reason 3 - • Jobs

Plusses

Renewable energy production, and application can be done competitively in the United States. Installations cannot be outsourced.

Who Gains?

Workers seeking decent paying jobs

Who Suffers?

Ok. We think you get the message.

Reason 2 - • Health

The cost of a contaminated environment is never included in the projected cost of coal, oil, and now gas.

Who Gains?

People who want themselves and children to enjoy good health

Who Suffers?

Ok. We think you get the message.

Reason 1 (Drum Roll Please!)-
• Setting an Example for the world,
and taking a leadership position

Plusses

If we want China and India to adopt a Kyoto-style protocol, we must act first.

Who Gains?

Everyone except -you guessed it

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