UN-supported organization, Renewable Energy Policy Network for the
21st Century (REN21), conducted a study that shows half
of new power generated in the United States in 2009 was
U.S. has taken great strides toward mass use of renewable energy.
Just last year, 10 gigawatts of wind power capacity was installed in
the United States, which can power 2.4 million homes. Other
advancements in clean energy were made last year as well, such as
million grant for Argonne National Laboratory from the U.S.
Department of Energy to further solar power research.
recently, the Obama Administration has continued contributing funds
to keep renewable energy research rolling along. In April, the U.S.
government approved the country's first
off-shore wind farm, despite those
who protested the idea, and just this month, Obama gave a
hefty sum of $1.85
billion for new solar energy plants to be built around the
U.S. In addition, a promising 73 percent of
Americans want to cut fossil fuel dependency in favor of cleaner
the U.S. is moving along in regards to green technology, other
countries around the world have been joining
the revolution for a cleaner planet too by implementing new
ideas in green technology.
Europe, 60 percent of new power generation in 2009 was in the form of
renewable energy. But China has made the most progress when it comes
to green technology by manufacturing more solar panels and wind
turbines than any other country, as well as adding of 37 gigawatts of
renewable energy to China's overall power generation capacity.
Worldwide, renewable energy accounts for 25 percent of total power
generation and provided 18 percent of the Earth's electricity in
these strides in the growing use of renewable energy, the U.S. has a
long way to go before they accomplish the U.S.
Department of Energy's goal of having 20 percent of
America's power derived from wind by 2030.
quote: Not all "progressive" thinking is political, particularly compared to the entrenched interests competing for potential scientific research dollars. Is it really crazy, liberal thinking to want to improve solar cell efficiency, to remove this nations dependency on the finite resources of backwards countries, or work towards the general advancement of the human race and its understanding of the world we find ourselves in?
quote: So Edison, Westinghouse, Bell, Ford, and Firestone needed the government to make something new and better. Do some history and see how creative we were before government decided what should be invented.
quote: It didn't cost a lot to develop a light bulb or the battery... But it costs a lot of money to develop high efficiency solar panels, genetic engineering, microbiological solutions, nanotech etc. Just the equipment and testing costs fortunes.
quote: You can't go to a formula 1 team and tell them that they can add 50 horse power to their car with just a pencil and an eraser because it was done that way 40 years ago...