“We can’t have an energy strategy for the last century that traps us in the past. We need an energy strategy for the future – an all-of-the-above strategy for the 21st century that develops every source of American-made energy.” ⎯ President Barack Obama, March 15, 2012
Development of alternative sources of energy such as wind, water, and the sun has been a focus of the Obama administration from the beginning. Among other initiatives, tax credits for solar, hydro, and wind power have encouraged entrepreneurs to create new projects, not only to move America toward energy independence, increase energy efficiency, and reduce greenhouse emissions, but also to recharge the economy by creating new jobs.
This focus is why Jackie Moe supports President Barack Obama. Jackie is living her current version of a dream life, pursuing her passion for sustainable, alternative energy at work and in school. As she works toward a degree in environmental studies at the University of Washington, she is also educating people about renewables and helping them to make environmentally sustainable choices.
“I think what President Obama’s done for the last four years, talking about renewable energy so much, is great because it creates tons of local jobs. Renewables are the only source of energy local to the Pacific Northwest. Our program is what he wants to see more of.”
As an Outreach Associate for Three Degrees, Inc., Jackie works with large utility companies, both public and private, on renewable energy projects. She loves taking her message to the public in locations such as farmers markets, libraries, and other community events in the central Sound region. Focusing on wind power, natural gas, and low-impact hydro power, she encourages people to make the switch to renewable sources of energy for their homes and businesses.
“There’s a cost increase of 10 percent, but people are definitely interested,” she said. “When a customer signs up for 100 percent renewables, they end up with zero percent CO2 emissions. Switching saves about 40 pounds of CO2 per customer per day.”
About those tax breaks for wind and solar Jackie pointed out, “They also encourage individuals to put up solar panels and windmills on their own property so they can own their own electricity.”
“It’s great to be doing this before I’ve even graduated,” Jackie said. “Education on renewable energy is what it’s all about.”
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