The National 25x'25 Alliance is urging national policy makers to develop a complete national energy plan that will guide the nation to a clean and secure energy future. They say it would create new jobs, strengthen the economy, improve national security and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

"Our dependence on foreign oil to heat and cool our homes, power our farms and factories, and fuel our cars and trucks is impairing national security and placing our economy at risk," says Ernie Shea, 25x'25 project coordinator. Shea cites the endorsement of 25x'25 as a national energy goal by the Energy Independence and Security Act adopted by Congress last year. The act calls on agricultural, forestry and other renewable resources to meet 25 percent of the nation's energy needs by 2025.

The recommendations urge Congress and the next President "to take the steps necessary to achieve this bold goal and set the nation on the path to a clean, secure energy future."

The recommendations include:

  • Achievement of the 25 percent renewable energy by 2025.
  • Expand federal soil and water conservation programs to ensure the sustainable production of food, feed, fiber and fuel.
  • Establish a mechanism to create a market for carbon.
  • Pass long-term renewable energy production and energy efficiency tax credits.
  • Change the way utilities are regulated to give them a real incentive to pursue cost-effective energy efficiency.
  • Expand and extend federal loans for renewable energy production.
  • Accelerate the production and deployment of flex fuel and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.
  • Modernize and improve access to the electric grid to facilitate the delivery of renewable electricity to markets.
  •  Deploy next-generation biofuels; solar power, wind energy, geothermal energy, and hydropower; energy efficiency tools; carbon capture and storage; and other renewable energy technologies.
  • Create and expand pipelines, rail lines, ports, pumps and other infrastructure needed to deliver renewable fuels and feedstocks to market.

For more, go to www.25x'25.org.

Source: 25 x ‘25 Alliance