Informatics long-term global transition away from fossil fuels and toward more efficient, renewable-based energy systems. This shift will deliver many benefits, including jobs, reduced air pollution, lower greenhouse gas emissions and less exposure to the volatility and risks of extracting, storing and transporting fossil fuels. It also will offer individuals, households and communities more local control over their energy systems.The next U.S. president will have a significant impact on how the United States positions itself for this transition.Renewable energy is growing rapidly, and is triggering far-reaching social and institutional changes in how energy is used and managed in the electric grid, in buildings and in transportation. Two types of policies will determine how quickly the United States shifts from fossil fuels to renewable-based energy systems: first, measures that support energy efficiency and renewable energy, and second, measures that reduce support for and reliance on fossil fuels.There is a sharp divergence between the current Republican and Democratic presidential candidates’ positions on how to manage the dramatic changes that are taking place in our energy system and prepare for the future.The Republican candidatesMost of the leading Republican candidates deny that a link exists between fossil fuel energy use and climate change; strongly… Read full this story
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