Investing in a Clean-Energy Smart Grid is a critical step towards addressing both our economic and energy crises [see “A smart, green grid is needed to enable a near-term renewable revolution“]. Clearly, we need energy policies for the 21st century that will increase jobs and help us become more competitive, while reducing our use of foreign oil and curbing the emissions of greenhouse gases.
A National Conversation about the Clean-Energy Smart Grid
If we build a modern interstate energy transmission system, we will strengthen our national security, create quality jobs, and provide the backbone for broad economic growth, just like building the Interstate Highway System did in the 1950s and 1960s. And since this is a national problem that requires a national solution, it is important to make this a national conversation.
If we can get people across the entire country talking about the need for a clean-energy smart grid, the odds we can get it built will go up dramatically. That is why the Center for American Progress Action Fund is promoting a week-long national conversation about the clean-energy smart grid Monday, April 13 through Sunday, April 19 [See www.WiredforProgress.org to participate].
Will you join the conversation?
This national conversation will take place across the social web, on Twitter, Facebook, and on several of our blogs and websites. The central home for this conversation will be on Twitter. You can monitor the conversation by searching for the #grid hashtag on Search.Twitter.com and join in by including the #grid hashtag in to own Tweets.
Bracken Hendricks, author of the Center for American Progress’s Wired for Progress report will be live Tweeting on Monday, April 13, from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm and checking in for more on Tuesday and Wednesday. Bracken will be posting on the @IAmProgress Twitter account for the live TweetUp.
Also, on Thursday, April 16, 2009, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm, check out the Internet Advocacy Roundtable live online. You can stream it here and ask questions via Twitter by adding the #iar hashtag to your posts (in addition to the #grid hashtag). The panel includes online organizers from 1Sky, Environmental Defense, MoveOn’s Power Up America, the Energy Action Coalition, the Pickens Plan, and the Wonk Room’s energy/climate blogger.
After the Roundtable, the panelists will continue on the #grid Twitter conversation through Sunday.
Again, to get the full rundown on where and how you can participate in the national Wired for Progress conversation, visit www.WiredforProgress.org. So spread the word and start talking.