“America must be running entirely on clean energy by mid-century” – 2016 Democratic Party platform.

Delegates to the Democratic Party’s national convention released their new platform on July 21st. Its energy policy spans several pages and ranks as the sixth most important issue for the party—ahead of education (7th), health care (8th), and national security (10th). The central goal of the Democratic energy platform is to transition the nation entirely to renewable (non-carbon emitting) energy sources by ~2050.

The “Why” of the Democratic Party’s Energy Platform
Bjarne Tellmann (General Counsel of Pearson PLC) recently reminded me of Simon Sinek’s TED Talk (“Start with Why”), which argues that “people don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.” The Democrat’s energy platform opens with an emotional plea for why its energy policy is needed: “Cities from Miami to Baltimore are already threatened by rising seas. California and the West have suffered years of brutal drought. Alaska has been scorched by wildfire. New York has been battered by superstorms, and Texas swamped by flash floods. The best science tells us that without ambitious, immediate action across our economy to cut carbon pollution and other greenhouse gases, all of these impacts will be far worse in the future. We cannot leave our children a planet that has been profoundly damaged.”
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