Green New Deal Plan

Interstate Renewable Electricity System

Renewable electricity must be the foundation for any sustainable economic system. Nonrenewable energy, by definition, can be depleted, that is, used up, gone forever (or at least for millions of years). Thus, by definition, a society based on nonrenewable energy is not indefinitely sustainable. In addition, fossil fuels (oil, coal, and natural gas) pour greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, causing catastrophic climate change. Wood, which has been a nonrenewable staple for thousands of years, destroys forests, which are perhaps our most precious natural resource, after soil. Wood can be collected in a sustainable manner, but then can only be used sparingly. Catastrophic nuclear power accidents might be even worse than catastrophic climate change.

A national plan to build an economy based on renewable electricity would be composed of several components. There would be a national, interstate component, probably based mostly on wind, interconnected with a rebuilt national grid system. Solar plants and geothermal plants could be added to such a national grid, although only an a wind farm network is explored here. At the other end of the spectrum, at the level of individual buildings, we could plan for solar, geothermal, and efficiency construction that would provide for the bulk of building-level energy use, as explained in the building self-sufficiency section.

A renewable electricity system requires an electric transportation system, based on electric trains, trucks, and cars, with small-scale use of planes and internal combustion-based vehicles.

The following are the subsystems and programs required to implement a Renewable Electricity System: