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America continues pushing toward cleaner energy today

The 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 renewable energy.

The 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 the $7 million grant for Argonne National Laboratory from the U.S. Department of Energy to further solar power research.

More 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 methods. 

While 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. 

In 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 2009. 

Despite 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.

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RE: Cart before the horse
By shin0bi272 on 7/17/2010 12:13:44 AM , Rating: 2
Both of the replies to the OP miss the point. The point is that the politicians are spending our money to develop products that have proven to be less effective than the ones that those same politicians despise. With the invention of the television there wasnt a huge government grant or an Xprise or whatever for the people working on it to claim so they can continue work. The companies developing them did so with their own money (sort of like Intel and apple) and sold the fruits of their labor at a price that made them a profit so they could make more of said device.

Now we have scientists claiming to be making breakthroughs but we never see them hit shelves... how many new solar panel breakthrough articles have we seen on DT in the past 2 years? 20? 50? How many new solar panels are there on the market? 1? 2? And those solar panels are no where near as energy dense as even natural gas let alone petroleum or coal. Yet there has been millions maybe billions of OUR money spent on a technology that's less effective than the one we already have. That's like spending billions of dollars right now to make a better candle that will burn out 400% faster than the current ones burn and using tax payer money to do it. But of course if you believe the fallacy that "green" energy can save our economy etc and that global warming is our fault then of course you'll allow the government sink billions of tax dollars into a failing technology.

Think of putting a butt load of your parent's money right now into making a kick ass apple IIe computer... no matter how much money you sink into it it's still going to suck compared to an ipad. But you dont care because it's not your money so you can spend it however you want. That's the issue the OP is taking with this article. If you put billions of dollars into a second rate technology but refuse to even allow any construction of the current technology's resources to ease the burden on our electric grid of course half of the new power generated will be "green" technology.

"So if you want to save the planet, feel free to drive your Hummer. Just avoid the drive thru line at McDonalds." -- Michael Asher

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