Back in 2009 President Obama made the strongest statement yet about the importance of investing in renewable energy:
From China to India, from Japan to Germany, nations everywhere are racing to develop new ways to produce and use energy. The nation that wins this competition will be the nation that leads the global economy.
One massive oil spill and a failed climate bill later, the U.S. doesn't even appear to be trying out for the race, much less entering it.
So several clean energy organizations, including 350.org and Energy Action Coalition, decided to issue a challenge to a group of people who seem ready to get in the game — college students. The Great Power Race will award campuses from around the world that are able to make the biggest dent in reducing fossil fuel consumption through energy efficiency and/or renewable energy projects.
Already about 500 campuses have signed up, but just based on sheer numbers, the U.S. is already behind India and China. I spoke with one of the organizers, and come September the website will be rolling out some great tools for schools to track their progress.
So if you are in college or have friends or family who are, tell them to form a team and register their school. With the epic failure of our elected leaders to make any significant moves on clean energy, it looks like the time is right for the young people of the world to take the lead.
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