Energy Fixes

Act now to help remove barriers to clean energy growth! These actions will preserve your freedom to produce your own energy. 

The Green Tea Party Says:

True conservatives champion free-market choice, not government-created monopolies that stifle competition.” 

We should be able to choose whether we want to be dependent on the government regulated utility company or become more independent by creating our own energy. 

How you can get involved:

You don’t have to be an energy expert to take these actions. Use the resources below to contact your elected representatives. Get their emails and phone numbers:  https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials

Here are some tips, basic templates, and more info for making effective calls.

Tips:

  • Emails and phone calls are best
  • Be brief. Stick to one issue per email/call
  • Introduce yourself/include your contact info
  • Be polite! Anger and rudeness will not leave a favorable impression
  • You can call policy makers even if you do not live in their districts!

 

You can use both of the scripts below. Call one day using the first script, and another day using the second!

 “Hello, my name is ____________. My email is _______. I care about renewable energies and energy efficiency and want a rapid ramp up in the implementation of high efficiency buildings and transportation as well as solar and wind projects. Please work on energy policies to make this happen. It will produce jobs, help the economy, increase health, and protect the environment. What is holding you back from supporting clean energy policies? (and how can I help*optional)Please let me know what you do."

 

“Hello, my name is ____________ . My email is _______. I care about preserving our rights to produce our own energy and reducing the political influence of government regulated big utility companies.  Please work on energy policies to make that happen. What is holding you back from supporting these types of energy policies? (and how can I help*optional) Please let me know what you do."

 

You can also help businesses take action on clean energy. Use this information from the We Mean Business coalition to find examples of what you can suggest to businesses.

 

You can make a difference!

Policy Resources By topic

 

Solar

Vote Solar

Solar Energy Industries Association: State Solar Policy

Alliance for solar choice

 

Wind

American Wind Energy Association

 

Natural gas is not the solution

Beyond Natural Gas

 

National policy for clean energy

Power shift network  Federal and State Policy

Putting a Price on Dirty Energy

Union of Concerned Scientists: Action Center

ACEEE: National Energy Efficiency Policy

Sierra Club - protect yourself from fracking in your neighborhood

NextGen America

Environment America

 

Additional Information on Key Energy Facts

Clean Energy

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) Renewable Electricity Futures Study (2012) and its more recent updates show that clean energy is a key solution to climate change. It finds that:

  • Renewable electricity generation from technologies that are commercially available today, in combination with a more flexible electric system, is more than adequate to supply 80% of total U.S. electricity generation in 2050 while meeting electricity demand on an hourly basis in every region of the country.
  • The abundance and diversity of U.S. renewable energy resources can support multiple combinations of renewable technologies that result in deep reductions in electric sector pollution and water use
  • Significant expansion of renewable generation beyond the current levels (about 13% of total generation) could be achieved with little or no increase in electricity prices with continued advancements in renewable technologies.

For additional information about teaching about clean energy, see the Call to Energy Literacy and related resources. You can have conversations to find common ground about clean energy by using the materials at Community Energy Conversations.

Interested in learning more? The links below provide helpful background. Don’t forget to take action with the information above too!

Open States Note: filter by key term (eg. Energy) to see active legislation
The Solutions Project
University of Michigan: Center for Sustainable Systems Factsheets
Interstate Renewable Energy Council
Environmental Impacts of Natural Gas
Wind Energy Foundation
Offshore Wind Energy
American Solar Energy Society
The Climate Risks of an Overreliance on Natural Gas for Electricity
Our Energy Policy
Conscious Consumers Can Do More by Getting Involved In Policy
Green Tech Media
Solar Industry Magazine
US Climate and Health Alliance State Policy Initiative

 

The Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC) and the Disciplinary Associations Network for Sustainability (DANS) created this initiative to empower people to advocate for energy solutions.