According to energy expert Daniel Yergin: “The major obstacle to the development of new supplies is not geology but what happens above ground: internal affairs, politics, investment and technology.” There are fewer statements more accurate about the current state of the energy industry in the United States. It’s why residents across the country still struggle with utility bills and why alternative energy sources aren’t advancing as fast here as they are elsewhere in the world (except maybe China).
There are many measures being taken at both the state and federal level to reduce the nation’s consumption of fossil fuels. Almost every utility company provides at least part of its power through renewable and alternative energy sources (even to people who haven’t opted in to a renewable energy program).
Many states have deregulated their energy industries, allowing residents to choose for themselves between fossil fuels, geothermal (natural gas) and renewable energy based utility providers.
There are tax incentives for individuals and businesses alike to make energy efficient improvements to their buildings and operations.
Do you want to do something to help the United States reduce its dependence upon fossil fuels? Here are some of the things that you can do.
1. Vote with your dollars.
- Opt in to the renewable energy program offered by your utility company. It might be slightly more expensive every month, but the more people who opt in to these programs the more likely they are to be expanded.
- Donate money to research facilities that are working to advance alternative and renewable energy technologies.
2. Vote with your ballot
Vote for candidates at your local, state and federal level who make the reduction of fossil fuel and foreign oil dependency their priority.
3. Do Your Part
- Do you understand how your carbon footprint is calculated? Find out and then take steps to help reduce it:
- Install energy efficient appliances
- Make energy efficient renovations to your home: insulating your home properly, putting in solar panels or a wind turbine, etc.
4. Share the Knowledge
- Educate your friends and family about how their power is truly provided and help them figure out ways to reduce their own carbon footprints as well.
- Volunteer for non-profit organizations that are working to reduce the amount of fossil fuels used in your community.
Save for the supply drying up completely, there isn’t any single thing that can be done to cure the US’s dependence upon fossil fuels. There are, however, as evidenced by this articles, lots of smaller things that individuals, businesses and governments can do to make it happen over time. If everybody works together, it can be done!