This Sunday is Energy Independence Day (the national holiday formerly known as the Fourth of July).  As oil continues gushing into the Gulf of Mexico and troops remain in Iraq and Afghanistan, there is a growing consensus that we must replace fossil fuels with renewable sources of energy…and fast.  In a recent survey by the Political Psychology Research Group, 76% of those surveyed said the federal government should limit the amount of greenhouse gases businesses emit, and 81% favor giving tax breaks to utilities that use more renewables.  No, the survey wasn’t conducted in Sweden–it was done right here in the U.S. of A.  Surprised?  Well, maybe the memory of $4 a gallon gasoline and 100 degree heat waves–not to mention the photos of oil-drenched endangered pelicans– is having an effect.

But before we break out the fireworks, we’ll have to do better than Number 11–that’s our current rank when it comes to government spending on renewables as a percentage of GDP according to a March report by the Pew Charitable Trust.  In countries like China, Brazil, Mexico, Turkey, Spain (all of which spend more as a percentage of GDP than we do), every day is Energy Independence Day.

Sungevity is celebrating Energy Independence Day by wrapping up a month-long promotion that gave Sungevity customers $1000 for each new customer they sent our way.  And we’re turning up the heat on our campaign to put Solar on the White House with a new game in which people compete to win prizes for being the best Globama advocates.

For the rest of July, we’re devoting the blog to the theme of Energy Independence.  We’ll look at what an energy independent home looks like, as well as an energy independent neighborhood, city, nation and world.  Visit us throughout the month and share your vision of our energy independent future.

–Erica Etelson

Posted by Danny Kennedy

Danny Kennedy co-founded Sungevity and now serves as strategic advisor. He is an internationally recognized opinion leader on climate and energy issues. He is the author of Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy - and Planet - from Dirty Energy (2012), a book that has been described as the clean energy manifesto for the next greatest generation.