**FILE** This Nov. 22, 2008 file photo shows shoppers pushing their carts through the toy aisles at the Costco in Cranberry, Pa., Butler County. With holiday sales shaping up to be the lowest in years, possibly the worst since the industry began annual comparisons in 1969, retailers say they're taking consumers' demands for good deals seriously. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Our reliance on fossil fuels may be contributing to global warming, but we can create a clean energy economy where businesses run on renewable resources like wind, solar and geothermal energy. And it's already happening right now.
A recent report showed that investment in a clean and energy efficient economy could create over 3 million new green collar jobs. Add billions in personal income and retail sales and produce 284 billion in net energy savings.
So, how can we help? One way is by contacting businesses and elected leaders and let them know we need a world powered by clean energy. People are already investing: just last year, clean energy received $2.7 billion in US venture capital - good news for creating a clean energy economy.
Tell your mayor you want more efficient new buildings and more bike paths for cleaner travel and recreation. And tell your power company you want to buy solar, wind, or geothermal energy. The more we speak up, the more they'll listen.