The Status of Renewable Energy in the United States

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) considers the following sources as renewable energy sources: wood, black liquor, other wood waste, biogenic municipal solid waste, landfill gas, sludge waste, agriculture byproducts, other biomass, geothermal, solar thermal, photovoltaic energy, hydroelectric energy, and wind. The renewable sources of energy that I’m concerned with are solar photovoltaic (PV), wind, geothermal, and solar thermal, mainly because there are no emissions associated with their energy production. Continue reading “The Status of Renewable Energy in the United States”

Shocked, but not lost

I couldn’t believe my ears when I woke up the Wednesday morning after the election to the sound of NPR announcing that Donald Trump had won the Presidential election and would be the 45th President of the United States. It hurts even to write these words, knowing that all the potential progress that would have been made under a Clinton administration was now lost to a climate-denying reality that is Trump’s administration. Continue reading “Shocked, but not lost”

An update on the Paris Climate Deal

On October 2nd, the world’s third largest polluter of greenhouse gases, India, signed the Paris Climate Change Agreement. India accounts for 4.1% of global greenhouse gas emissions, right behind the United States and China (who each emit 16% and 15% respectively)(1). With India’s ratifications, the total number of countries who have signed the agreement is now sixty-two; and the total emissions covered by the agreement is up to 52% of global emissions. However, in order for the agreement to be formally ratified, the total global emissions covered in the deal needs to reach 55%.

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