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Coal Is Out, Renewable Energy Is In

by Jane Susskind, published

When it comes to domestic energy production, coal is out, and renewable energy is in, with two thirds of Americans wanting to see more solar power and wind energy being produced in the U.S.

When asked "Do you think that as a country, the United States should put more emphasis, less emphasis, or about the same emphasis as it does now on producing domestic energy from each of the following sources," 76% of Americans prioritized solar power, 71% wind, and 65% natural gas.


While the poll reveals a significant partisan divide on the prioritization of oil as a future energy source, with 71% of Republicans favoring placing more emphasis on it compared with 29% of Democrats, there seemed to be areas of consensus.

The majority of Democrats, Independents, and Republicans all agreed that the United States should put more emphasis on solar, wind, and natural gas. This is reflective of a shift towards more environmentally conscious energy options implemented by the U.S. Energy Department.

According to the most recent issue of "Monthly Energy Review," released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), renewable energy production is up in the U.S.

Since 2008, "domestic energy production from renewable energy sources (i.e., biofuels, biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, and wind) grew by 23.48% with wind and solar more than doubling their output," the EIA reported yesterday.

With a general consensus on the prioritization of solar power and wind energy in the United States, it's likely that number will grow as America focuses on renewable energy.

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