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Stanford Professor's 50-State Plan For 100-Percent Renewable Energy

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Stanford Professor's 50-State Plan For 100-Percent Renewable Energy

Remember Mark Jacobson, the Stanford University professor who during a Late Show With David Letterman appearance said we already have enough wind to power the entire world "seven times over?"

That wasn't hyperbole—Jacobson believes it and his team at the Solutions Project has unveiled a 50-state plan on how the U.S. could shed itself from oil, coal and nuclear sources. It comes in the form of a large, interactive map that provides a plan and projection for each state when you click on it.

Here are a few examples of what the map has to offer:

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"The new roadmap is designed to provide each state a first step toward a renewable future," said Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford. "It provides all of the basic information, such as how many wind turbines and solar panels would be needed to power each state, how much land area would be required, what would be the cost and cost savings, how many jobs would be created, how much pollution-related mortality and global-warming emissions would be avoided."

Launched in 2012, the Solutions Project includes the likes of Billy Parish, co-founder and president of Mosaic; Oscar-nominated actor and renewable energy advocate Mark Ruffalo; and eco-athlete Leilani Munter.

Visit EcoWatch’s RENEWABLES page for more related news on this topic.

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