Is it possible for the U.S. to convert to one hundred percent renewable energy in just 35 years? One researcher thinks so.

Sample state roadmap

Mark Jacobson of Stanford University has created a roadmap that shows how each of the fifty states could meet all of their energy needs using a combination of wind, water, and solar power. Each state’s plan takes advantage of its unique resources.

For example, under his plan, New Mexico would get fifty percent of its energy from wind, almost forty percent from solar, ten percent from geothermal, and a tiny amount from hydroelectric.

Alabama, by contrast, could get more than eighty percent from solar, but would also need a diverse mix of hydroelectric, wave and wind energy to achieve the rest.

Jacobson’s road-map also estimates how many jobs will be created, the number of air pollution-related deaths avoided each year, and how long it will take for the plan to pay for itself from the health and climate savings. He estimates that eliminating fossil fuels from the U.S. Economy by 2050 would save more than $3 trillion every year.

JACOBSON: “So it’s actually much cheaper, from a societal point of view, to do this conversion.”

You can see how your state compares, online at

Reporting credit: ChavoBart Digital Media.
Photo: Sample state roadmap (source: website screen capture).

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