Yale Energy Studies scholar Jacob Sandry reflects on Obama’s recent announcement of the Clean Power Plan that has focused national attention on clean energy in the past few weeks: “While our generation has the rare opportunity to transform our power system to a cleaner, more sustainable one, we have the responsibility to do so in an equitable way. Currently the transition to clean energy is favoring wealthy, property owners, but there are ways to make our clean energy future cleaner for everyone.”
Imagining futures is a fundamental activity of the human psyche. Apocalyptic blockbusters flood movie theaters every summer, technologists imagine how silicon will next transform our lives, and everyone from political analysts to comedians predicts how a President Trump would reshape (destroy) our country. Alongside the release of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, one future that we are realizing nearly as quickly as we imagine it is clean energy as a solution to climate change. Solar energy has tripled in capacity in the last eight years, rapidly outpacing fossil fuels.
But as we fight climate change, we must ultimately remember those who are disproportionately harmed by environmental crises. In a recent Solutions Journal article Gregory Rosenthal and Marjeela Basij-Rasikh remind us, “the fight of workers, women, farmers, indigenous peoples, and so many others–not just for survival, but for vibrant and resilient communities–represents the many manifestations of environmentalism across the world.” As we create the future we imagine, we must challenge ourselves to not only make a clean energy future, but an equal energy future as well.
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Originally published by The Huffington Post at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jacob-sandry/we-need-a-clean-power-for_b_7948718.html on Aug. 11, 2015. Written by Jacob Sandry. Republished with permission of the author.