Environmental think tank wants Americans off oil by 2050

June 1, 2011

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The Baltic 1, near Zingst, Germany, is the country's first commercial offshore wind farm.

Germany has decided to scrap nuclear power by 2022. Prime Minister Angela Merkel hopes Germany can serve as a road map for how a country can achieve growth and shift the energy supplies toward renewables at the same time.

Across the pond, the Rocky Mountain Institute thinks the U.S. can be off fossil fuels entirely by 2050.  Michael Potts, the institute's president and CEO, discusses their strategy, which they call "Reinventing Fire."

 

 

EVENT
Chicago Botanic Garden's fourth annual celebration of World Environment Day
Saturday, June 4
Events happening all day. Michael Potts' lecture is at 2pm.
1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe
More details here.