2030 will see a drastic shift in the way we live and work, and a shift that will change our lives in a profound way.
We’ll see the dawn of a new century.
A green future is inevitable.
In the United States, we’re moving toward the era of energy-efficient homes.
More than half of all homes today are built with the goal of producing electricity or heat.
And the pace is accelerating.
For many people, the prospect of energy independence will become the first and most pressing issue in their lives.
And even though some people might be able to put the brakes on this transition, it will become an increasingly critical challenge for the world.
We need to start thinking about our future energy use now.
In order to meet the demands of our population, we need to take action now.
Today, about half of U.S. energy use is produced by buildings.
And our dependence on fossil fuels will increase as climate change threatens to erode our economy and cause devastating social and environmental effects.
But we’re not the only ones to face this challenge.
Our children and our grandchildren will need energy for their health and well-being, for their well-paying jobs, and for their futures.
We can do it together.
A new generation of innovators is making the transition from buildings to renewable energy systems.
These technologies are increasingly taking over the marketplace.
For example, in China, electric vehicles are already on the road and on the verge of widespread adoption.
In New York City, rooftop solar panels and the use of hydrogen fuel cells have dramatically reduced energy consumption in many neighborhoods.
The technology is becoming so affordable, it is poised to transform energy efficiency across the board.
This is a momentous opportunity.
And we’re already working to build the infrastructure to make it happen.
We’re the greatest environmental force in the world right now.
If we can make sure our energy system and our society are green and energy efficient, then the world will be better off for it. 5.
We’ve already done this before.
When we used to depend on fossil fuel for power generation, we didn’t need to think about the long-term impacts on the environment.
Now, we’ve got the technology to turn energy back into good for our economy, our environment, and our planet.
We know what it takes to get there.
And it starts with building a better future.
For more than a century, the world has been moving toward an energy-sustainable future.
But the climate crisis will push us further toward a future without a clean, renewable energy system.
In addition to our energy security, it also has a dramatic impact on the quality of life for people and on our planet as a whole.
The United States has been one of the most energy-intensive nations in the industrialized world.
In 2020, our energy use will reach more than 30 percent of the global total, up from a low of 16 percent in 1990.
This year alone, our consumption will increase by more than 40 percent.
By 2050, that figure will exceed the United Kingdom’s total energy consumption.
In 2080, we will exceed China, which will be the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases.
And by 2050, we could have surpassed Russia, which is the world leader in carbon emissions.
And those are only the countries that have already started to change.
We are on track to exceed the levels of greenhouse gas emissions that led to the global cooling of the last century, and we’re on track for a global average of nearly two degrees Celsius of warming by 2100.
And in the coming decades, we are already seeing some dramatic changes.
The World Bank predicts that global emissions will rise by 2065.
And emissions will grow by another 3.5 percent per year in 2030.
In 2030, carbon dioxide emissions are projected to grow by more nearly five percent a year.
That’s an increase of more than 200 million metric tons.
In other words, by 2030, we’ll be emitting more greenhouse gases than at any point in the last half-century.
As a result, we can expect the world to warm by more in the next two decades than it did during the last two centuries combined.
And that will be especially damaging for the poor.
The world’s poorest will become even more vulnerable.
In fact, the poorest countries, particularly those in sub-Saharan Africa, will be particularly hard-hit.
In 2022, the United Nations Environment Program projected that by 2050 all of Africa will be facing water scarcity.
The water that flows through their rivers and aquifers will be in short supply, and they will struggle to meet their basic needs.
Meanwhile, the poor in some of the world the most developed economies will see their incomes decline, as they will need to import more food, fuel, and clothing.
And poor people will have less money to buy basic goods and services, like heating and lighting.
Even the rich countries are at risk of being hit