"U.S. Discovers Soft Energy Salvation" in Probe Post

Marmorek, Jan
Publisher:  Energy Probe, Toronto, Canada
Year Published:  1979  
Pages:  2  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX1010

Jan Marmorek suggests that the proposal of the American and Canadian governments to use renewable energy sources to supply a percentage of energy demands are feasible and would bring positive effects to the economy in this article in Probe Post.

Abstract:  Jan Marmorek suggests that the proposal of the American and Canadian governments to use renewable energy sources to supply a percentage of energy demands are feasible and would bring positive effects to the economy in this article in Probe Post.

P.M. Joe Clark's promise is that five percent of Canada's energy needs will be met by renewable energy sources. Solar energy is one such source. Citing the work of Amory Lovins, and a number of other Americans who have produced relevant studies, the author argues that renewable energy sources can make a greater contribution to meeting our energy demands than Clark proposes. Solar energy is the primary source Marmorek suggests we turn to; the flip side of the coin is that energy expansion must stop.

Marmorek quotes Rodberg, who notes in Employment Impact of the Solar Transition, that conservation and renewable energy can accomplish two thingsL 1. save some fifty billion dollars to the American government in anuual energy investments by 1990; 2. create three million direct jobs. Another study noted by Marmorek suggests that conservation could prolong the life of remaining conventional fuels to allow for a slow move to renewable energy.

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