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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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By Secret Pond on 7/18/2010 1:52:06 PM , Rating: 1
Sadly, all this article does is further the lies and diversions of the Eco-Fascist Mind Set, which unfortunately is now running our nation’s energy policy.
Tiffany Kaiser, the author, states, "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." This statement is so hyped and is totally misleading, as In 2008, the average annual electricity consumption for a U.S. residential utility customer was 11,040 kWh, an average of 920 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per month. Therefore, one Gigawatt of "ideal monthly yield capacity" would power 1,087 homes per month. 10 Gigawatts would only power 10,870 homes not this wild dream of 2.5 million homes. Do the Math Tiffany!

Wind Power is not only very expensive, completely inefficient but worst of all these wind farms are serious environmental hazards.

A serious and focused energy policy would bridge our successful fossil fuel economies with new hydrogen and fusion technologies. Hydrogen & Fusion Technology would protect our individual rights and thwart the politicians who want to maintain power and control over us.




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