Is The Goal of 100% Renewable Energy Realistic?

Image/Langalex

Image/Langalex

Climate change is one of the biggest issues facing the world today. It doesn't just affect one country or even one hemisphere, it affects us all, and the effects of climate change could be deadly. One of the biggest contributors to climate change is fossil fuels. Fossil fuels come from coal and oil, both of which are significantly made up of carbon. When carbon is burned to produce energy, the environment suffers. Our land, our water and even the air we breathe get polluted. There must be another source of energy, a more eco-friendly source. Well, there is. Renewable energy. Renewable energy is energy that comes from inexhaustible (in theory) sources, which includes solar, wind, biomass and more. We have resources to utilize renewable energy but is it realistic to run the whole country on it?

There are many technologies that produce renewable energy. Some of these technologies include solar power, wind power, and natural gas. There are even sources of energy that can be made out of trash. According to a study conducted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, these technologies in combination with a “more flexible electric system” are “more than adequate to supply 80 percent of total U.S. electricity generation in 2050 while meeting electricity demand on an hourly basis in every region of the country.” If we have the technologies and resources to so much of the country off of renewables then what’s holding us back?