The American Wind Energy Association is declaring itself ready to respond to the U.S.-China climate deal, in which President Barack Obama committed to reduce his country’s greenhouse gas emissions 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2025.
Wind “is one of the biggest, fastest, cheapest ways to reduce carbon pollution, and it means American workers can make more of our own energy right here in America,” said AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan.
“This agreement sends the right message to businesses and investors that scaling up clean energy not only benefits our economy, but will continue to be supported at the highest levels as something the world needs.”
Theel writes that wind has been the country’s largest new source of zero-emission energy for three decades. “Use of wind energy already avoids 127 million short tons of carbon dioxide a year,” she notes, “the equivalent of taking 20 million cars off the road.”