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Here’s How to Get the World Running on Clean Energy

posted: 11/20/15
by: Danny Clemens
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Stanford University's Mark Z. Jacobson and University of California Davis' Mark Delucchi make waves every couple of months with an ambitious new plan to convert an entire state or country to clean energy -- but this time, they've outdone themselves.

The dynamic duo yesterday released a plan that, if executed, could leave 139 countries relying on nothing but clean energy. From wind and water to solar energy, the plan lays out on a country-by-country basis exactly how much of each resource is required to kick fossil fuels entirely and commit to a greener future.

An interactive web version of their plan also includes the estimated economic and health impacts of a wide-scale clean energy conversion.

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In China, for example, Jacobson and Delucchi estimate that a full conversion would produce more than 12 million long-term jobs and prevent 624,262 air pollution deaths annually. By the year 2050, the average Chinese citizen will also save $342 USD each year in energy costs. When healthcare and climate cost savings are factored in, each person will save almost $10,000 annually.

Overall, the plan creates approximately 50.5 million jobs, which more than offsets the 28.4 million jobs in the fossil fuel sector that it would replace, according to Scientific American.

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"When you account for the health and climate costs - as well as the rising price of fossil fuels - wind, water and solar are half the cost of conventional systems," Jacobson said earlier this year about related research.

"A conversion of this scale would also create jobs, stabilize fuel prices, reduce pollution-related health problems and eliminate emissions [...] There is very little downside to a conversion, at least based on this science."

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