US Energy production: not going well

by Bill Haaf

Political leaders are talking about climate but unfortunately, America and the world are still on a path to hit a 2.5 C increase in average temperatures.

Terrible impacts will occur: billions of human deaths, wars, drops in crop yields, collapse of ocean and lake fisheries due to heating and lack of oxygen in the water, loss of huge forests, continuing rapid decline in biodiversity on land and in the water….

Before you vote for US Senate and Representative, ask candidates: “Have you and will you push for renewable energy? Do you see climate as a crisis?”

As the following charts show, the US is still very low in renewable energy, even if we were to count nuclear as renewable because its power stations do not produce greenhouse gases. The first chart shows electricity generation only.

The second chart shows even worse news in total energy use:

• Fossil fuels totaling 79%: petroleum oil 35%, natural gas 34%, coal 10%. And this does not count all those methane leaks all along the supply chain into  your home

• Renewables 12%.

• Nuclear 9%.