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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 texbrazos on 7/19/2010 1:51:46 PM , Rating: 2
There will need to be a combination of systems like solar, wind, hydrogen systems for things to work.
Hydrogen is one of the most plentiful.
All major auto makers are testing and have hydrogen vehicles. GM is in their 2nd gen. and is installing the first test stations in Hawaii this year. GM has cut the size of the components in half since they began.
Companies like Bloom and others are working on systems that work like or even in conjuction with home a/c heating units.
I find Hydrogen very interesting because it is so easy to make with the use of solar panels.
Take a look at the Rocky Mountain Institues 20 Hydrogen Myths.
Hydrogen can be made on location which means no drilling, or transport.
Once it is established and everyone gets on board, major advancements will occur as they do in all industries.
If we really want to be energy independent we need to all get on board and make it work. It's gonna happen anyway, it's just a matter of time and people need to push it. It seems so logical and just plain common sense to use it.
Again, look at the Rocky Mountain Institutes 20 Hydrogen Myths before you try to beat my post up. And keep in mind all major auto makers are testing hydrogen vehicles and even have fleets on the road.

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