Learning from European Renewable Energy Policies

The United States has fallen well behind Europe in development of renewable energy. Although the U.S. was a global leader in solar and wind energy for some time, countries like Germany, Spain and Denmark have now taken the lead. But why?

Craig Morris, author of Energy Switch: Proven Solutions for a Renewable Future, says that Europeans have much more comprehensive energy policies and have thus been able to develop more renewable energy. Craig lives in Freiburg, Germany and writes extensively about the renewable energy industries. We’ll talk about his new book, which offers suggestions for how the U.S. can develop better energy policies based upon the success of European countries like Germany. Also in the podcast: Greenpeace issued a report last week titled “Energy Revolution: A Blueprint for Solving Global Warming.” The report assesses the possibility of meeting 80% of U.S. energy demand with renewables and reducing 50% of global carbon dioxide emissions by 2050. The conclusion: It can be done, but it must be done now. We’ll talk with John Coeqyt of the Climate and Energy Unit at Greenpeace USA about the report’s implications. Inside Renewable Energy offers the latest in renewable energy news and information.

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