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Energy and Climate Change

Posted by Content Coordinator on Friday, June 5th, 2009

“America’s response to the dual challenge of meeting its growing energy needs and responding to the threat of global climate change will define its ability to compete globally in the 21st century. America must holistically examine our existing electrical power generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure, much of which still relies on antiqued 20th century technology.

We must today start the process of creating a national framework that ensures the stability of our future energy supply, the adequate generation of electrical power to meet demand, a robust infrastructure to deliver electricity, and the capacity to lead in fighting global climate change. A major part of this will be engaging the private sector corporations that play a dominant role in the U.S. energy sector. These companies provide 75 percent of net power generation and own almost 80 percent of transmission lines. By actively engaging both private and public sectors, we can systematically and comprehensively plan for the long-term health and efficiency of these critical systems…”

Energy and Climate Change

About America 2050
“America  2050 is a national initiative (in collaboration with Regional Plan Association) to meet the infrastructure, economic development and environmental challenges of the nation as we prepare to add about 130 million additional Americans by the year 2050.  America 2050 is guided by the National Committee for America 2050, a coalition of regional planners, scholars, and policy-makers to develop a framework for the nation’s future growth.”

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