…Our nation is now in the throes of an energy contraction, but the energy contraction following the current contraction will be much more profound in its consequences than anything that we are now experiencing.
Political leaders in the United States, both at the national level and the state level have responded to the threat by advocating that renewable energy sources be developed as a means of reducing our dependence on the pollution-generating fossil fuels. The leaders haven’t proposed that the overall use of energy be reduced, but rather that the renewable energy merely substitutes for the energy derived from fossil fuels.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has reported that the total energy consumption in the United States in 2007 was 101.605 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu’s). About 85% of U.S energy consumption was due to the burning of fossil fuels, primarily coal, natural gas, and petroleum.
Nuclear power provided 8.28% of the total, and renewable energy (Biofuels, waste, wood derived fuel, geothermal, hydroelectric, and solar/PV, and wind power) provided 6.72% of the total. Solar/PV and wind power combined contributed less than 1% of the total energy used in the U.S. in 2007.
Solar and wind power energy could be doubled and then doubled again and the amount of energy in relation to total U.S. energy need would still be relatively inconsequential. You wouldn’t know that if you listened to our esteemed leaders in Washington DC….