Why Clean and Not Green?

Posted: February 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

Why clean and not green? The reason is pretty simple, clean will precede green, and so in pursuit of the goal of 100% sustainable and renewable energy, we start with accepting cleaner energy. Green energy may mean different things to different people, but in general it means sustainable energy from renewable sources. Of course, the ultimate goal is to reach that point, but we must accept that clean solutions have to act as the gateway to green.

A change from traditional energy sources straight to green energy sources would be nearly impossible, and certainly impractical. The potential to rely solely on renewable sources is tremendous, but the process of implementing that is difficult. However, the thought process that it MUST be green otherwise it is not good enough, is far too ideological to ever make a difference. Clean allows for a gradual process of moving in the right direction. What is clean? Essentially, clean just means cleaner than before, or than a traditional alternative. This means there are levels of clean, but any step that improves from the status quo to cleaner, is a step in the right direction.

One simple example of this would be preferring to use natural gas rather than coal for electricity. Is natural gas perfect? Nope, but it is much cleaner than power from coal and is an economically practical choice as well. Green is the final destination, but clean is the road that can lead the way. We can see vast improvements in our energy requirements by implementing clean choices, while we are actively improving the capability of green energy sources. The journey to a sustainable future needs to include acceptance of cleaner energy sources so that we may actively strive to improve the current situation now, and not wait for only renewable alternatives.


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