31 Mar '15, 6pm

Almost everyone is underestimating renewables

Almost everyone is underestimating renewables

In a recent piece about why electric car benefits are just myths , skeptical environmentalist Bjorn Lomborg argued that electric cars are pointless because renewables will only make marginal progress in the coming decades, and coal is here to stay: Of course, electric car proponents would venture that the perceived rapid ramp-up of renewables will make future electric cars much cleaner. This, however, is mostly wishful thinking. Today, the U.S. gets 14 percent of its electric power from renewables. In 25 years, Obama's Energy Information Administration estimates this will have gone up just 3 percentage points to 17 percent. Similarly, fossil fuels generate 65 percent of U.S. electricity today, and will generate 64 percent in 2040. Luckily, I think we can resoundingly call BS on such an unambitious future. Past predictions about renewable energy uptake/cutting carbon emissi...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/renewable-energy/dont-believe-h...

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