North Carolina State Representatives Pricey Harrison (D-Guilford), John Autry (D-Mecklenburg), and Jean Farmer-Butterfield (D-Wilson) have introduced the first legislation ever in the North Carolina General Assembly to call for the State of North Carolina and the United States to set a goal of achieving 100% clean, renewable energy for all energy sectors by the year 2050.
Recognized as an historic event by the North Carolina Climate Solutions Coalition (NCCSC) to protect North Carolina and the Planet from climate catastrophe, the Coalition also called Rep. Pricey Harrison and other sponsors of the resolution “Climate Heroes” for demonstrating strong leadership to protect current North Carolinians and future generations.
The purpose of the “100% Clean Energy & Green Jobs Resolution” is to stop climate change and to promote economic development and job creation for the people of North Carolina and the nation.
The resolution was inspired, in part, by the research of the world-renowned renewable energy expert Dr. Mark Z. Jacobson, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Director of the Atmosphere/Energy Program at Stanford University. Jacobson co-founded The Solutions Project which advocates for 100% clean renewable energy for 100% of people.
North Carolina is second in the nation in solar capacity behind California and has the biggest potential for offshore wind energy on the Eastern Seaboard.
This resolution has been endorsed by the North Carolina Climate Solutions Coalition (NCCSC), a group dedicated to fight climate change and support clean energy, which consists of organizations such as Justice Action Mobilization Network, Hip Hop Caucus, Alliance for Energy Democracy, and many more. The NCCSC is led by Boone resident Dr. Harvard Ayers, Chair and Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Appalachian State University, and Joel Segal, Executive Director and resident of Charlotte.
Right now, everything in our lives could be powered by clean, renewable energy. In the United States alone, transitioning to 100% clean energy would create over 4 million jobs and save nearly $600 billion in annual health costs. Hawaii became the first state committed to 100% clean energy in 2015 and in February, both the state of California introduced it’s own bill and the city of Pueblo, Colorado passed a resolution to go 100%. We’re ready to power our lives at 100% now!
This post is an adaptation of a press release originally released by NCCSC