Renewable Energy and Siting

Sandhill Cranes
Don Brockmeier

Global Warming Campaign
The United States should set mandatory limits on global warming pollution and establish a cap and trade program that is consistent with preventing average global temperature from rising another 2degF. According to the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, we can meet this objective if developed countries as a whole cut their emissions 25-40% from 1990 levels by 2020 and at least 80% by 2050. Any such program should require pollution permits to be auctioned, use the revenue to ensure a rapid transition to a clean energy economy, and provide necessary assistance for helping people, wildlife, and ecosystems adapt to climate changes caused by global warming. Find out more at Audubon's Global Warming Campaign homepage.

Repower America with Clean and Efficient Electricity from Renewable Sources
The United States should strive toward achieving a 100% clean energy future by maximizing energy efficiency, vastly expanding our use of renewable energy, and developing the needed infrastructure to deliver clean energy to America--all in an environmentally-responsible manner that will help reduce our global warming emissions while minimizing the impacts on birds and habitat. Find out more about our position on wind power.

In order to achieve this clean energy vision, Audubon recommends the following first steps:

  • Adopt a suite of state and federal policies designed to increase energy efficiency by at least 15% by 2020.
  • Adopt a national renewable electricity standard that will require 25% of all electricity to be provided by renewable resources by 2025.
  • Accelerate the development of properly sited transmission to serve new renewable energy and a "Smart Grid" to transmit that energy more efficiently.