Scientists have warned of a global warming tipping point for decades. But progress is being made: Renewable energy structures in the U.S. could, with a few tweaks, supply 80 percent of domestic energy needs by 2050. We’re at a point where we can make serious positive strides toward preserving our planet. Solar panel prices are plummeting, and usage is accounting for 36 percent of new electric capacity. Getting to that 80 percent renewable mark would reduce carbon emissions from the power sector by 80 percent and cut water use in the power sector by half. All of the pieces are beginning to fall into place for this to happen.
But despite that, we still have a long way to go. Over the past 60 years, the U.S. has more than doubled its non-renewable energy consumption, and renewable sources still aren’t proliferating at the rate of petroleum and natural gas. Renewable energy can save money and the environment: We just have to take decisive action. Read on to find out the real cost of U.S. energy consumption.
Miles Young is a freelance writer, designer and outdoorsman. He’s worked as a roof contractor and part-time engine mechanic. He spends his free time fishing and tinkering in his garage. You can follow him on Twitter @MrMilesYoung.