Alec Baldwin backs renewable energy initiatives

According to an article published by News Observer, Emmy award-winning actor Alec Baldwin has become vocal about his enthusiasm for green energy initiatives, and hopes that the upcoming U.N. Climate Summit will illuminate how America can gain even more ground with the use of renewable energy sources. Recently, at a reception held to celebrate the launch of the book Addressing Climate Change, featuring the work of award-winning photographer Henry Dallal as well as contributions from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and U.N. climate chief Christiania Figueres, Baldwin opined on a number of climate-related issues. 

In regard to practices like fracking, a process that involves injecting water, chemicals and sand to break up underground rocks in order to release oil and gas, the Associated Press quoted Baldwin as saying, "We've been talking about this for 25 years. We need to learn the lessons that other people are learning — no nukes, less coal … reduce, reduce, not eliminate."

Baldwin went on to express his feelings about the importance of educating the next generation on developing renewable energy sources, not only for the sake of the climate but in the interest of America's pursuit of energy independence. 

According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, renewable energy sources such as wind power and solar power are sustainable yet environmentally friendly energy options. It seems the public agrees — a December 2013 poll conducted by Stanford University showed that 90 percent of Americans believe that receiving electricity from solar power sources is a good idea. 

Peter Brown, the former manager of the Beatles and now the chairman and CEO of BLJ Worldwide, a global public relations firm, hosted the event.

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