GLRPPR Sector Resource: U.S. Renewable Energy Factsheet
U.S. Renewable Energy Factsheet
While energy is essential to modern society, most primary sources are unsustainable. The current fuel mix is associated with a multitude of environmental impacts, including global climate change, acid rain, freshwater consumption, hazardous air pollution, and radioactive waste. Renewable energy has the potential to meet demand with a much smaller environmental footprint and can help to alleviate other pressing problems, such as energy security, by contributing to a distributed and diversified energy infrastructure. About 81% of the nation's energy comes from fossil fuels, 8.5% from nuclear, and 10% from renewable sources. Wind is the fastest growing renewable source but contributes only 1.8% of total energy used in the United States. Other renewable energy sources include solar, biomass, geothermal, and hydroelectric energy.
Center for Sustainable Systems - University of Michigan
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