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Climate Recovery

The world's scientists agree: Global warming is real, here, and happening faster than anyone predicted. But scientists also say we can curb global warming and its consequences -- if we take bold, comprehensive action now that adds up to an 80 percent cut in carbon emissions by 2050, or 2 percent a year.

To build a cleaner, smarter and safer energy future that will meet and overcome the most urgent challenge facing us today — and protect everyone's children — we must all be part of the solution.

In Rhode Island, the transportation sector is the leading source of global warming pollution, contributing 37% of the state's greenhouse gas emissions. Cars and trucks alone account for as much greenhouse gases as the entire electricity sector in the Ocean State. So, not only do we need more efficient vehicles, we need more efficient modes of transporation, like public transit. Commuting by public transit reduces global warming pollution, reduces our dependence on imported fuel, and generates new jobs.

The burning of fossil fuels like coal and natural gas for electricity is the second largest source of global warming pollution in Rhode Island. However, the Ocean State is also repleat with renewable sources of energy that are the best alternative to polluting coal and other fossil fuels. The State of Rhode Island currently has a Renewable Energy Standard to get 16% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020. If our buildings and homes use electricity more efficiently, we can reach that goal and set a new standard for more renewable energy.

  • Rhode Island Chapter Conservation Goals


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