Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-21-2009

Abstract

The world faces an unprecedented level of environmental degradation. The United States, considered one of the main culprits of unsustainable resource consumption and the main manufacturer of the unsustainable “American” lifestyle, is experiencing a political, environmental and economic movement to re-habituate unsustainable resource consumption to encourage more conservative and sustainable growth. Since President Obama’s inauguration, mandates and incentives for clean energy programs have proliferated along with a mandate for behavioral change. American citizens and businesses, politicians argue, must change their unsustainable, excessive, individualistic, and wasteful lifestyles. This paper examines the current unsustainable behaviors of U.S. industries and current incentives for clean energy and contends that clean energy programs for industry must be delivered more effectively to meet Illinois Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards.

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