A Pathway to Clean Energy

A Pathway to Clean Energy

We may not be fully aware of it, but our lives
are built on access to affordable and reliable energy. For most of us, it goes unnoticed because
the U.S. has some of the cheapest energy in the world. Now, imagine if access were limited or just
really expensive. Affordable and reliable energy is more than
just about convenience. It’s about livelihood and health, touching on nearly every socio-economic
development issue we have today. Developing Island Nations across the globe
are particularly challenged because many rely on imported and expensive diesel, which drives
up the cost of electricity. If you used the same amount of electricity
in Dominica as you do in the United States, your $100 bill would be closer to $400 per
month, for less reliable service. Oh yeah…and…this electricity that you’re
paying a lot for is part of a bigger global problem. When diesel and other fossil fuels
are burnt for electricity, they release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and add to global
warming. And although they contribute the least to
carbon emissions, these low-lying, mainly coastal communities are most vulnerable to
the effects of a warming planet and rising sea levels. The good news is: thanks to advances in renewable
energy technology, there are more ways to bring reliable and affordable energy to people—without
adding to global warming. Even better: the price of renewable energy
sources such as wind and solar are continually decreasing, whereas fuel prices can fluctuate
drastically. Since 2012, the Clinton Climate Initiative
has worked with a diverse group of partners and island nations to avoid an estimated 30
million liters of diesel consumption annually, install 25 megawatts of renewable energy capacity,
develop a robust pipeline of clean energy projects, and increase access to new financing. The goal of the program is to put partner
islands on a pathway to clean energy where the vast majority comes from renewable sources. Not only will this work help Developing Island
Nations save money, it will provide a roadmap for communities around the world to reduce
emissions and fight climate change. It’s a win-win-win situation–for Island
economies, for the environment, and for our shared future.

Comments (4)

  1. Thank you for cettte fabulous video, excellent, really impressive, full of lights and wonderful sharing, even more, with technology that transmits its vast expanses sparks in our world.

  2. Will the Clinton Foundation ever be questioned by the IRS? Republicans have requested it, but it seems pretty unlikely that the IRS would touch this issue. it was recently revealed that the Clinton Foundation arranged a $2M pledge to a firm owned by Bill’s ‘friend.’ Perhaps it should be no surprise that the Clinton Foundation helped Hillary and Bill’s friends. Yet the law is very clear that charitable organizations with public charity tax exemptions must benefit the public interest. In fact, the law requires the charity to operate exclusively for charitable purposes.

  3. EIEO for wind and solar are still net negatives with substantial carbon footprints after you include mining, refining, production, maintenance, disaster risk, lifetime returns, line loss, and the instability of production necessitating inefficient petro production fluctuations.

    "Green" energy is a myth that typically takes a decade of operation to recoup the energy used in acquisition and production.

    The laws of Thermodynamics alone dictate enough of the shortcomings.

  4. Nothing on nuclear?

    The solar and wind industries are largely fronts for the fossil fuel giants to push nations away nuclear energy.

    Don't buy into half measures.

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