Don’t get too dreamy over the future of non-fossil fuels. According to Grist’s David Roberts, “the sexy renewables — solar, wind, and geothermal — are a rounding error. Of the total energy consumed in the U.S. in 2010, solar was 0.1 percent and wind was 0.9 percent. Even with biomass, hydropower, and nuclear thrown in, low-carbon energy amounts to just 17 percent of energy consumed in the U.S.”
The conclusion? While renewable energy sources are indeed seeing a burst of investment, they’re still far from being the wind in the sails of our economy.
Source: Department of Energy