We are Decades Away from a Cure for our Fossil Fuel Addiction

My name is Barry and I’m “addicted” to abundant, reliable, affordable energy supplies… and I’ll defend the use of those supplies for the good of my family and my community.

With natural gas prices low and supplies high, we are decades away from being able to wean ourselves off fossil fuels and move to renewable energy, but there is no reason for dismay.

There seems to be a knee-jerk reaction to render the renewable energy-versus-fossil fuels debate in black and white terms, in a one-or-the-other symposium.

A sudden “switch” to clean energy is not possible; rather it must be a gradual introduction of renewable energy sources combined with an increase in domestic fossil fuels production.

Renewable energy is a natural revolution that will indeed take place, however slowly. But for now, it is responsible for only a very small percentage of energy production. Renewable energy accounts for less than 12% of total energy consumption in the US, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). The EIA’s figures for 2010 show that natural gas and coal each accounted for 22% of US energy production, followed by crude oil at 12%, nuclear energy at 8%, biomass at 4%, natural gas plant liquids at 3%, hydroelectric power at 3%, and geothermal/solar/wind at 1%.

Natural gas remains the dominant energy source and that will continue to increase in the coming decade. Fossil fuels will remain the key source of energy for decades to come, but at the same time, renewable energy will continue to develop until it can compete on the market.


2 responses to “We are Decades Away from a Cure for our Fossil Fuel Addiction

  1. “Renewable energy is a natural revolution that will indeed take place, however slowly.”

    This is true enough, but it is HUNDREDS of years off. The problem is government is trying to FORCE it to happen, now. Not a natural revolution (sic), but a forced one.

    The marketplace will handle this when it is time. In 2525, if man is still alive.

  2. Maybe if you are talking about totally displacing oil as our main energy source but, certainly not hundreds of years off before we see solar and wind power becoming more prevalent. Your point is taken about Gov’t trying to force the issue; and yet, I look at it like Gov’t trying to encourage innovation, through funding, in the private sector. We have always encouraged and survived with this type of entrepreneurial spirit.

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