Providing for our energy needs in a responsible way is crucial to our quality of life, both now and in the future. How we meet those energy needs will impact our economic well-being, our environment, and our security.
The big picture
There is a strong correlation between energy use and standard of living. Supplying that energy to everyone who would benefit from it has created huge global and national concerns associated with its costs to society. Americans (and Australians) use more energy per capita than any other cultures on Earth, and so the pressure to supply energy in this country has lead to strong economic and environmental concerns and national worries about our dependence on other countries.
Locally, the problem comes down to reducing our unnecessary energy consumption associated with transportation, lighting, and the heating/air conditioning of our commercial, institutional and residential buildings.