Quotes Collection

Coal-fired power plants in the U.S. produce 3 times as much solid waste as all municipal garbage in the country.

Coal-fired power plants contribute one third of America’s climate-changing gas emissions, and millions of tons a year of contaminants harmful to humans.

Over the past 10 years, U.S. natural gas imports have averaged more than 4 trillion cubic feet per year.

The U.S. became a net importer of oil in 1948, and our energy situation has steadily deteriorated during the intervening 63 years.

On average, each American is responsible for the burning of 20 pounds of coal every day to keep the electricity flowing. We’re all complicit.

When the environment is destroyed, plundered or mismanaged, we undermine our quality of life and that of future generations.
–Wangari Maathai, Kenyan Nobel Prize Winner

Canada plans to start shutting down coal-fired power plants in 2015. On average, Canadians use more electricity than Americans.

Typically, two tons of Canadian tar sands must be strip-mined to produce one barrel of oil – and it also takes three barrels of water to process.

In 1954, the U.S. nuclear energy industry promised it would generate “electrical energy too cheap to meter”.

The average gasoline-powered push mower emits as much pollution per hour as 11 cars; a riding mower as much as 34 cars.

The U.S. produces about a fifth of the world’s carbon emissions – around 6 billion metric tons a year.

Global electricity consumption is more than 15 trillion kilowatt-hours per year, with about 10 trillion generated from fossil fuels.

The amount of grain required to produce enough ethanol to fill one 25-gallon gas tank can feed one person for a year.

By some estimates, U.S. electrical demand is projected to increase at least 50% by 2020, overwhelming the existing transmission infrastructure.

Water requirements for electricity generating plants in Texas are estimated to grow from around 185 billion gallons in 2000 to about 287 billion gallons in 2020. What will be the source of that water?

Global oil consumption is projected to grow from 80 million barrels a day currently to 140 million barrels a day by 2035. Where’s it coming from?

Coal-fired power plants in the U.S. annually produce more radioactive waste (3,000 tons+/-) than nuclear power plants (600 tons+/-) because of the radioactive elements contained in coal.

Almost 2/3 of U.S. homes are under-insulated, wasting energy and costing money. Some insulation improvements are easy and cheap.

Between 1970 and 2000, the amount of coal used to generate electricity in America tripled.

A feed-in tariff helps Germany produce half the world’s solar energy, despite having less solar radiation to work with than Maine. Think what the U.S. could do with a feed-in tariff!

It takes 3/4 of a gallon of oil to produce one pound of beef. Other types of meat take much less.

Polls show 89% of Americans think it’s important for the U.S. to develop and use solar energy, including 80% of Republicans and 94% of Democrats.

Over half of the global natural gas reserves are in two countries: Iran and Russia. What do you think that will mean for the U.S. in the long-term?

Saudi Arabia’s Ghawar oil field is the largest field ever discovered. It once contained about 1/7 of the world’s reserves. It is being depleted.

One pound of thorium can produce as much energy as 300 pounds of uranium, or 3.5 million pounds of coal. Why don’t we use it?

Coal use in the U.S. produces more carbon dioxide than oil and natural gas use combined.

According to a University of Texas poll, 75% of Americans think our energy situation will be the same or worse in 25 years.

A large nuclear energy plant produces as much electricity as Hoover Dam.

According to a poll, most Americans think their electricity is generated from hydroelectric sources. Hydroelectric? Really?

According to a University of Texas poll, 43% feel the U.S. is headed in the wrong direction on energy issues vs. 13% in the right direction.

A white roof on a house allows the air conditioner to operate 20% less and use 20% less energy. A good idea in the southern U.S.

The price of solar panels has gone down more than 70% in just the last 3 years.

The U.S. was once the largest oil producer in the world, but now has less than 2% of the world’s reserves. We can’t drill our way out of permanently declining production.

Per capita electricity consumption in China is about 10% of the per capita average in the industrialized countries. But it’s growing fast.

Hydrogen is much more energy dense than oil or even gasoline. Hydrogen fuel cells emit no emissions.

One barrel of oil has the equivalent energy of a house full of natural gas.

Booming supplies of domestic natural gas have convinced many power companies to switch coal-powered plants to cleaner natural gas.

A record 449 megawatts-worth of solar panels were installed in the U.S. during the third quarter of 2011. More than all of 2009.

If all states were as energy-efficient as the most energy-efficient state, New York, 80% of U.S. coal-fired plants could be shut down.

U.S. coal use declined 8% between 2007 and 2010. Renewable energy generation soared during that same period.

By purchasing Energy Sar products and using energy more efficiently, Americans saved over $16 billion on their utility bills in 2007 alone.

China plans to increase its wind energy capacity for 40 gigawatts (GW) now, to 100 GW in 2015 and 1,000 GW in 2050.

If every U.S. home replaced one incandescent bulb with a CFL or LED bulb, we’d collectively save enough energy to light 3 million homes.

About 70% of the energy used by a TV is consumed while the TV is off.

A gas clothes dryer produces about 40% of the carbon emissions of an electric clothes dryer.

Between 2002 and 2007, government subsidies for fossil fuel based electricity were 4 times that for wind and solar based electricity.

“Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist.” ~ Kenneth Boulding, economist

About 9% of all fossil fuels consumed in the U.S. is used for industrial feedstocks, fertilizers, plastics, tires, asphalt and lubricants.

Global sales of small wind turbines are projected to increase from $235 million in 2010 to $634 million in 2015.

Less than 35% of the U.S. population had access to electricity in the early part of last century.

The aging U.S. electrical system has over 157,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines, plus thousands of miles of lower-voltage distribution lines.

About 11% of global oil consumption is for home heating.

Overnight electricity consumption is about one-fourth of the daytime consumption.

In order to telecommute, 29% of American workers would give up chocolate, 17% would skip a salary increase and 12% would give up daily showers.

Hydroelectric facilities generate about 24% of global electricity; annually producing around 2.9 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity.

Micro hydroelectric systems are typically defined as any system with a generating capacity of less than 300 kilowatts.

During the 8 years George H. W. Bush was President, oil prices rose from under $30 a barrel to over $100 a barrel. Didn’t he allow U.S. drilling?

On average, each person in the U.S. has an annual output of 20.5 tons of carbon dioxide.

Coal’s share of U.S. electricity generation dropped by 25% between 2005 and 2010. It was replaced by natural gas, renewables and efficiency gains.

About 80% of all pollution from operating your car happens in your garage or driveway, before the catalytic converter heats up.

In 1960, only 12% of U.S. homes had some form of air conditioning. By 1975, about half did.

Between 1977 and 1982, U.S. oil imports fell by half; from 8.6 million barrels a day to 4.3 million barrels a day.

Import restrictions on foreign oil by the U.S. in 1959 led to the formation of OPEC in September 1960.

America spends over a billion dollars a day to import fuel. Does that seem economically sustainable?

As early as 1978, the U.S. General Accounting Office was warning of a growing and dangerous U.S. dependence on Middle Eastern oil.

Congressional Republicans have delayed enforcement of the new lightbulb efficiency standards requiring bulbs to use 25% less energy. The law was passed by an earlier, Republican controlled Congress.

In 1973, 17% of U.S. electricity was generated from oil.

Archeologists have found evidence that humans used coal, oil and even natural gas as early as 3,000 BC.

The U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve contains about 1 billion barrels of oil. U.S. oil consumption is around 20 million barrels a day.

In 1995, Texas set a green energy goal of 10,000 megawatts of installed wind energy by 2025. The goal was reached in 2010.

Of the 158 electricity generating plants completed in Texas from 1995 to 2011, 73 are wind powered.

Wind turbines are usually painted light gray, because that color is the least conspicuous color in most light conditions.

The 3 countries with the most installed renewable energy are China – 133 gigawatts, U.S. – 93 gigawatts, and Germany – 61 gigawatts.

There is a direct correlation between greater electricity usage in a country and greater well-being of its people. 1.5 billion people in the world live without electricty.

“Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.” ~ John Wooden

“Utilities are going to have to change or die.” ~ Jon Wellinghoff, Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Wells Fargo plans to lend up to $30 billion through 2020 for green energy uses.

You may delay, but time will not, and lost time is never found again.
~ Benjamin Franklin

A recent, non-partisan study concluded all U.S. electricity generating plants will need to be replaced by 2050. Isn’t there a better way to meet our energy needs?

Denmark and New Zealand have banned the construction of new coal-fired power plants.

There are 491 coal-fired power plants operatimg in the U.S., and 106 of them are scheduled for closure.

In 1985, 57% of all electricity generated in the U.S. came from coal. Last year: 42%.

Japan has shut down its last operating nuclear power plant. But will they restart some of them if they run short of electricity in summer?

Germany increased its percentage of energy generated from renewables from 5% in 1990 to 20% in 2010.

A commercial-size wind farm can be built and operational in one year.

Vermount is expected to ban hydraulic fracking in the near future – probably in June or July 2012.

30% of the electricity used at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is generated from wind.

A Yale University survey showed Americans would pay 13% higher energy bills for green energy.

If renewable energy is so intermittent & unreliable, how do so many European countries use it for so much of their total energy?

Since 1947, the U.S. government has spent over $145 billion on nuclear R & D vs about $5 billion on renewables.

Access to uninterrupted energy will be the most important imperative of the 21st century for the industrialized nations.

An estimated 25,000 MW to 65,000 MW of old, coal-fired power plants in the U.S. are scheduled to be retired over the next 3 years.

When the Spindletop well began production, it was producing more oil than the combined production of every other well on Earth.

Will the current world powers, which are generally the largest consumers of oil, still be world powers when the oil runs short?

Transitioning away from fossil fuels will be socially and economically disruptive, and will take a very long time. But we need to get going.

According to a recent poll, 69% of Americans want to save money on energy costs, 56% want energy efficient homes and 54% want to redeuce their electricity usage.

The percentage of electricity generated in the U.S. from coal-fired plants fell to 34%, the lowest level in 39 years (since 1973).

The complete lack of a strategic American energy policy has created a fragmented, parochial, and incoherent system controlled by fossil fuel special interests.

Over 70% of the energy contained in coal goes right up the smokestack in coal-fired generating plants.

Over 40 states have enacted net-metering rules allowing homeowners to sell excess electricity from their solar panels to the utility company at retail prices.

A U.S. Court of Appeals has unanimously ruled the EPA has the authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

Without dramatically improved fuel efficiency in the transportation sector, the U.S. has exactly zero chance for energy independence.

How will the world’s vastly increasing demand for energy be satisfied, while producing much less carbon?

China has about 1% of the world’s total proven reserves of natural gas, which means they’ll be using coal until they can ramp up renewable energy production.

Coal is the most carbon-intensive of all fossil fuels, and releases over twice as much carbon dioxide per unit of energy as natural gas.

In 2011, global investments in solar energy ($102.4 billion) surpassed investments in wind energy ($71.1 billion) for the first time.

A large wind turbine in the 1980s generated an average of only about 100 kilowatts. Today, they average 1.2 megawatts.

The U.S. microgrid market is projected to grow from 1,570 megawatts in 2010 to 5,670 megawatts in 2020.

Trains can move one ton of freight an average of 469 miles on one gallon of diesel, for trucks it’s only 155 miles.

The International Energy Agency estimated global renewable energy production will increase by stunning 710,000 megawatts from 2011 to 2018.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has determined that renewable energy could meet 80% of U.S. energy needs by 2050.

In 1955, per capita energy consumption in the U.S. was 6 times as high as the per capita energy consumption in any other country.

Less than 10% of U.S. homes were wired for electricity in 1905. By 1930, over 75% were.

Texas electricity regulators are launching a $539,000 advertising campaign to encourage electricity conservation.

A 2001 Gallup poll found that 81% of Americans supported tougher environmental regulations for indusry, and only 11% wanted them weakened.

General Electric has admitted its WattStation electric car chargers damage some Nissan Leafs.

Over 13 billion tons of coal have been dug out of West Virginia over the years. If the coal industry was accurate, that state should be one of the wealthiest – not one of the poorest.

Almost half the total U.S. water usage is in power plants. With increasing water shortages, how do we allocate the available water?

Data from the Energy Information Administration show that only about 60% of people with programmable thermostats actually program them.

“Nothing surely is so disgraceful to society and to individuals as unmeaning wastefulness.” ~ Count Benjamin Rumford

Toxic emissions from coal-fired power plants account for over 40% of all air toxins in the U.S.

Coal-fired power plants are very effective at taking toxic chemicals from coal that was safely buried underground and releasing them into the air and water.

What has happened to the old-fashioned Republicans who believed conservation was a conservative ideal? Now it’s just part of a liberal agenda?

The American Society of Engineers estimates it will take $107 billion in additional investments by 2020 to keep the electrical grid whole.

Mankind is facing two huge challenges: the end of cheap, easy-to-get oil and global warming. Both will result in wrenching changes to society.

The world’s largest onshore wind farm will be completed in Oregan in 2013. At 845 Mw, it will generate as much energy as 3.5 coal-fired plants.

Annual global distributed renewable energy installations will triple by 2017, according to a Pike Energy study.

“We are now consuming nature’s capital, not its interest.” ~ Pavan Sukhdev, CEO of GIST Advisory

Wind energy accounted for 32% of all new U.S. energy generating capacity in 2011.

The International Energy Agency has projected 2012 global fossil fuel subsidies at $775 billion to $1 trillion.

It’s disturbing that Iran’s massive oil exports allow its wacko leaders to continue their nuclear weapons program despite global opposition.

“Innovation can’t happen without accepting the risk that it might fail.” ~ Neal Stephenson, World Policy Institute

The third-party solar panel market (leased solar panel market) in California grew 3,332% between 2007 and 2012.

A nationwide poll showed that 97% of Americans overestimate solar energy costs by up to 20 times actual costs.

“All in all, I wish we had discovered water.” ~ Sheik Ahmed Yamani, Oil Minister of Saudi Arabia about the discovery of oil in that country

According to the Department of Energy, residential and commercial buildings in the U.S. account for 40% of total energy consumption.

The iPhone app eMONITOR (powerhousedynamics.com) can help you monitor your home energy usage.

Sixty conservative groups have urged Congress to end the 2.2 cent per kilowatt hour Production Tax Credit, but not the massive fossil fuel tax credits.

Scientists at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory concluded surface winds could generate 400 trillion watts of energy. Current global usage is 18 trillion watts.

Global solar-energy revenues increased from $17 billion in 2007 to $93 billion in 2011. Why shouldn’t the U.S. be the world leader?

Does any rational person really believe the U.S. would care at all about the Middle East if it wasn’t for the oil?

Solar and wind generated electricity in the U.S. amounted to about 9,900,000 megawatt-hours a month in 2011.

A poll of 24,000 consumers in 20 countries showed 85% support greater use of wind and solar to generate electricity.

Natural gas prices have fallen about 70% since 2008, largely because of increased domestic production.

Coal-fired power plants can use up to 50,000 gallons of water per megawatt-hour. Nuclear can use up to 60,000 gallons. Wind and solar: 0.

Global electricity generation increased by about 450 terawatt-hours each year between 1985 and 2011.

“The fossil-fuel industry didn’t grow on its own; neither should renewables.” ~ Bill Richardson, former Governor of New Mexico

In many areas, electricity generated from commercial wind turbines now costs less than electricity generated from coal.

20 utilities, representing about 30% of U.S. residential customers have signed up for the Green Button initiative in just the first year.

U.S. renewable-energy generation rose 13% in 2011 to a new record amount, while nuclear-energy generation fell 2% and coal fell 9%.

Now that we’re in the 21st century, isn’t it about time mankind produced energy by some method besides burning stuff?

Ikea plans to only sell energy-efficient, long-lasting LED bulbs by 2016.

The U.S. is the world’s second largest coal producer and second largest coal consumer.

The U.S. spent around $332 BILLION in 2011 to import oil – that we just burned up, which was close to 60% of our total $560 billion trade deficit.

About 40% of mankind’s global carbon dioxide emissions comes from the use of oil.

According to a recent survey, 84% of Republicans, 95% of independents and 98% of Democrats support solar energy. That’s a huge majority.

Mankind has spewed about 1.1 TRILLION TONS of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere since the start of the industrial revolution – the largest geo-engineering experiment in history.

The carma.org website shows the carbon emissions of over 60,000 power plants and 20,000 power companies worldwide. Knowledge is power.

Worldwide carbon dioxide emissions grew by 30% between 2002 and 2011.

Think small amounts of energy don’t really matter? In many cases, the energy used to continuously run the microwave clock exceeds the energy used to run the microwave.

Only 43% of Americans have at least one LED bulb in their home, compared to 61% in Sweden, 65% in Russia and 80% in China.

The American Wind Energy Association estimates that 12 to 13.5 gigawatts of wind energy capacity will be installed in the U.S. in 2012.

Wind energy use in the U.S. grew 27% in 2011, even though overall energy use declined.

Because of increased efficiency, the U.S. imports of liquid fuels dropped from 60% of total consumption in 2005 to 45% in 2011.

About 57% of Americans think the federal government should do more to prepare for our future energy needs. A task at which it is clearly failing.

The after-effects of Sandy, long gas lines, spotty power and flooded coastal areas are a grim preview of our future unless we diligently switch to renewable energy.

Per a Harris poll, among Americans: 82% are turning off lights and appliances not in use and 53% look for Energy Star rated appliances when shopping to buy.

A recent poll showed 78% of Americans strongly favor better fuel economy for cars.

A Harris poll found that 71% of Republicans, 68% of Democrats and 74% of independents want to manage their own energy use.

84% of Americans are concerned about U.S. consumption of foreign oil, and 76% are concerned about America’s lack of progress on energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Wind energy generation in Texas recently set a new record of 8,521 megawatts, which is about 26% of the total system load.

A regular kitchen match contains around one BTU of energy. Around 2,000 BTU’s will make a pot of coffee, or move a Hummer 270+/- yards in city driving.

It’s reassuring that Superstorm Sandy caused little to no damage to wind turbines in impacted areas.

Combining the efficiency of the electrical grid (about 17%) with that of an incandescent bulb (10%) equals a 2% efficiency mess.

Paper test: Shut doors and windows on a piece of paper. If the paper can be pulled out without tearing, there is an air leak.

Turning up your air conditioner just 1 to 2 degrees can save you 16% on your electric bill.

Globally, utility companies spend about $184 billion per year on clean water for cooling and $14 billion on energy just to pump water.

100% of the new electricity capacity added to the U.S. grid in September was from wind and solar.

U.S. solar energy installations of 1,992 MW in the first 9 months of 2012 surpassed the 1,885 MW installed during all of 2011.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has forecast wind energy generation will increase 15% in 2013, and solar 28%.

A recent Pike Research survey found that 66% of Americans have a favorable opinion of wind energy.

Knowledge is less power. Studies have shown that making consumers aware of their energy use will reduce their usage by 8 – 15%.

Global nuclear energy generation has declined 5% since 2006.

Converting 8 million of the long-haul trucks in the U.S. to run on natural gas would cut U.S. oil consumption by 70%.

On Christmas day, electricity generated from wind in Texas reached a record 8,638 MW.

Due primarily to technological advances, the cost of wind energy has declined 25% since 2008.

Transportation is the second largest consumer expense, after housing, accounting for about 17.6% of household expenditures.

The EPA reported that emissions stayed the same or worsened at 7 of the 10 worst mercury-emitting, coal-fired U.S. power plants in 2011.

Every hour, 1 GW coal-fired plant burns 500 tons of coal, and uses 24 million gallons of cooling water – with 1 million gallons evaporated.

A typical new U.S. refrigerator uses 72% less electricity than a comparable 1972 model, but costs 62% less and has better features.

The U.S., with about 5% of the global population, uses close to 25% of the world’s electricity.

Denmark generates 22% of its electricity from wind. Spain generates about 16% of its electricity from wind.

Between 2005 and 2010, Portugal increased the portion of its total electricity generated by renewables from 17% to 45%.

Ontario has reduced its use of coal by almost 90% since 2003. 80% of its energy now comes from nuclear and renewables.

Solar photovoltaic cells are approximately 10,000 times cheaper than they were 55 years ago.

Renewable energy provided 49% of all new U.S. generating capacity in 2012, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The U.S. Department of Defense is the largest purchaser and user of renewable energy in the world.

A record 13.2 gigawatts of wind generation capacity was added in the U.S. during 2012, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

In response to OPEC price increases, between 1977 – 1985, U.S. oil consumption fell 17% and oil imports fell 50% – while the GDP grew by 27%!

A one gigawatt coal-fired power plant produces about 1,800,000 pounds of carbon dioxide every hour.

Over 70% of U.S. coal plants are more than 30 years old. Soon, they’ll need to be replaced or have expensive upgrades. Why not renewables, instead?

It’s estimated the U.S. economy wastes over $500 billion of energy every year. We can do better than that. We must do better than that.

U.S. production of solar photovoltaic cells fell from 45% of the total world production in 1995 to 6% in 2010. You can blame Congress.

The Arizona Corporation Commission has decided to eliminate all incentives for commercial solar in Arizona, saying they’re no longer needed.

On-shore wind generating capacity at available sites could produce 9.5 times as much electricity as the U.S. used in 2010, according to the Department of Energy.

The average cost of energy generated from wind fell from 15 cents per kWh in 1991 to 6.5 cents per kWh now – on par with new gas powered plants.

A study of medium and large-scale U.S. commercial buildings by FirstFuel showed that 1/2 of all energy efficiency savings would cost little or no money to achieve.

U.S. homeowners are generally so shockingly ignorant of their home energy use that they underestimate their energy use by an average of 280%.

Electricity generated from wind reached a record 1,960 megawatts in Colorado on January 16th.

Wind energy was the top source of new U.S. electricity generating capacity in 2012.

Ever cheaper and more abundant wind energy in Texas is starting to cause existential problems for coal and nuclear.

According to Pike Research, the market for smart appliances will grow from $613 million in 2012 to $34.9 billion in 2020.

With all the oil drilling in the U.S., and the most domestic oil production in over 20 years – GAS PRICES ARE INCREASING.

Energy costs are one of the most controllable expenses with energy efficiency. It makes both financial and societal sense.

The final proposed new coal plant in Texas has been cancelled. Interesting what happens to coal when renewables become widespread and economical.

Iowa produces 20% of its energy from wind. The highest percentage of any state.

The Texas legislature has done an outstanding job of supporting wind energy. They should try the same with solar energy.

Stricter local building codes are expected to make residences MUCH more energy-efficient, which will save the home buyers lots of energy $.

The U.S. military leadership believes climate change is one of the biggest U.S. and global security threats. Yet some Congressmen doubt it is happening.

California residents could save about 1,500 MW of electricity annually by putting window film on just 10% of the pre-energy code houses.

Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Minnesota each generate at least 10% of their total electricity from wind.

Energy efficiency costs from $0 to $50 per megawatt-hour saved. Wind energy currently costs from $48 to $95 per megawatt-hour. Coal costs from $62 to $141 per megawatt-hour.

By 2027, the DOE estimates widespread use of LED bulbs will save $265 billion in energy costs and cut electricity demand by a third.

An average of one coal-fired plant per week was shut down in the U.S. in 2012. We need to maintain that momentum.

In a typical modern auto, less than 0.5% of the energy in the fuel actually moves the driver and passengers. The rest moves the auto.

A 2008 Roland-Holst study found that California households saved $56 billion through energy-efficiency improvements from 1972 to 2006.

Worldwide cumulative installed wind energy has increased from less than 10,000 megawatts in 1985 to over 250,000 megawatts now.

The D.C. government will soon be run on 100% wind energy. Too bad they can’t harness the energy from all the hot air, it’d power the entire country.

The best engineered wind turbines are currently 47% efficient at converting the energy in the wind that strikes them into electricity.

29 states currently have renewable energy standards, requiring utilities to obtain a certain percentage of their total energy from renewables.

Over the past 6 years, the U.S. has cut its carbon dioxide emissions more than any other country – back to 1992 levels.

Over the past 6 years, the U.S. has cut its carbon dioxide emissions more than any other country – back to 1992 levels.

Because of higher gasoline prices, European autos are about 30% more efficient than American autos and they’re driven about 60% less.

By 2011, 14.5% of California’s electricity was generated by renewable sources.

Partisan politics and lack of modern regulatory structures, rather than reliable technologies, is restraining renewable energy growth.

Between 2015 and 2030, investment in energy efficiency for U.S. homes and buildings is expected to jump from $8 billion to $31 billion.

The U.S. electric grid was designed with the expectation of intermittency. It can handle a much greater percentage of renewable energy.

The entire U.S. coal industry only employs about .001 of U.S. workers. How does the industry have so much political clout?

Numerous studies in various countries have confirmed that wind energy investments lower average wholesale electricity prices.

About three-quarters of Americans want greater wind and solar energy production. So why not the politicians.

In 2010, the U.S. electricity system consumed 976 million tons of coal and 7 trillion cubic feet of natural gas – and produced 2,271 million tons of carbon dioxide. There’s a better way to do it. We need to improve.

By 2010, the U.S. had more renewable energy installers (100,000+) and insulation installers (112,000) than coal miners (87,000).

Texas would rank 6th in the world behind China, the rest of the U.S., Germany, Spain and India in the amount of installed wind energy.

Global wind energy installations amounted to 44,000 megawatts in 2012, increasing the total installed to 280,000 megawatts.

Detailed modeling of the U.S. electricity system shows renewable energy can meet 80%+ of our electricity needs by 2050. That needs to be our goal.

Natural gas emits about 29% less carbon dioxide than oil and around 43% less than coal per unit of energy.

The global small wind turbine market is expected to double over the next 5 years, from 86 megawatts to 172 megawatts.

As late as 2010, half of U.S. coal plants had no scrubbers for removing sulfur dioxide and 96% lacked modern controls for particulate and mercury emissions.

The 2014 White House budget would end fossil fuel tax breaks amounting to $2.5 billion over 10 years. It’s about time.

Prepaid electricity service has been shown to reduce consumption by up to 11%.

The aging U.S. electricity system could require up to $3.5 trillion in investments over the next 40 years to replace infrastructure. Who do you think will be picking up the tab?

According to the American Wind Energy Association: Wind energy accounted for 5.6% of all U.S. electricity generating capacity in 2012, up from 3% in 2011.

The average American single-family home has more than doubled in size since 1950, which has caused energy consumption to balloon.

10% of U.S. electricity systems are owned / controlled by municipal governments.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has estimated electricity outages cost U.S. businesses and residents up to $160 billion a year.

It’s interesting how the 10 states with the largest amount of wind generated energy all have electricity rates below the national average.

Coal and natural gas fueled power plants convert their fuel into 1/3 electricity and 2/3 heat – that then needs huge amounts of water to cool.

The total cost of the Production Tax Credit is only about $1.6 billion a year, and it spurs investments many times larger.

The International Monetary Fund has estimated that U.S. fossil fuel subsidies total about $502 billion a year.

If solar and wind generated electricity are threats to the business models of the big utilities, perhaps it’s time they updated their models.

It’s projected that 10% of all the houses in Australia will have solar panels by the middle of 2014. Why won’t the U.S.???

In less than 20 years, Texas went from no commercial wind projects to producing over 2.5 times more wind energy than any other state.

Almost 52,000 residential solar rooftop systems were installed in the U.S. in 2012, up 30% over 2011. Let’s hope the increases continue!

70% of all current permit applications in Hawaii are for solar panel installations.

A total of about 67 gigawatts of solar panels were installed globally in 2012.

Since just 1975, America’s oil imports have cost well over $3 trillion. How is that supposed to be sustainable? Do you like where the money is going?

Trains move 49% of U.S. freight, but only consume 9% of freight-sector fuel. Moving freight by rail also reduces highway congestion.

According to the DOE, the U.S. has over 18,000 jurisdictions at the state and local level governing the installation of rooftop solar panels. Why?!

Perhaps energy utilities should view distributed energy generation as an asset they could own and operate on their customer’s premises.

Distributed, renewable energy generation can be strategically deployed in congested, high demand and high cost areas.

Global wind energy installations amounted to 45 gigawatts in 2012, raising total capacity to 282 gigawatts.

Our permanent energy goal should be increasingly efficient use of energy, with increasingly dispersed generation from increasingly renewable sources.

Cars, the second-largest household asset for most Americans, are typically parked (unused) over 90% of the time.

Non-residential buildings use 42% of America’s energy and 72% of its electricity. Much of that energy is wasted. That is a shame.

In just one year, 2008, the total economic cost of America’s oil dependence was estimated at about $1 trillion above the cost of the oil itself.

Drivers in cars with real-time MPG indicators on the dashboard typically get 10% – 15% better mileage from knowing how their driving affects consumption.

Every power plant occasionally fails. Fossil-fuel power plants are down about 14% of the time from unscheduled equipment failures.

A well-designed freebate system could encourage consumers to buy more energy-efficient cars and fewer inefficient cars. Time to start one.

Per capita electricity use in California has remained flat over the past 3 decades, while it has increased by about 50% in the rest of the U.S.

“Clean coal” is an oxymoron. It can’t work. Let’s stop wasting any more money or effort on it.

More money is spent to heat, cool and power the residential and commercial buildings in the U.S. than the government spends on Medicare.

The total delivered price per ton of bituminous coal has more than doubled during the past 10 years.

Moving goods around the country consumes over 28% of all fuel used for transportation in the U.S.

With the increasingly widespread use of ever-cheaper renewable energy, the chances of a nuclear energy revival are effectively zero.

The renewable energy industry creates 3 times as many jobs per dollar as the fossil fuel industry.

Coal-fired power plants in the U.S. use 150 billion gallons of fresh water – EVERY DAY. How is that supposed to be sustainable with water shortages?

From 2002 to 2008, the fossil fuel industry received $72.5 billion in subsidies while the renewable energy industry received $12.2 billion.

Mid-American Energy has scrapped plans to build nuclear reactors in Iowa, and will instead focus on increasing wind energy generation. Good call.

A 100 horsepower motor can use $500,000 of electricity in 20 years.

A single coal-fired power plant in Pennsylvania, Homer City, emitted over 218,000,000 pounds of sulfur dioxide in 2010. Glad I’m not down-wind from that plant.

Over 110,000 new renewable energy industry jobs were announced in 2012.

Between 2005 and 2011, the number of countries requiring specific renewable energy generation standards jumped from 55 to 119.

Over $20 billion of solar energy systems are projected to be installed in Japan in 2013, 82% more than 2012.

A record 723 megawatts of solar panels were installed in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2013 – 48% of all new power generation.

Between 1980 and 2006, Denmark converted its electricity generation from less than 1% to 28% renewable, with 3/4 micro-power generated.

In more than half the states, gas and electric companies are penalized for helping consumers cut consumption and rewarded for increasing demand.

U.S. shale gas production (from fracking) has increased over 1,400% during the past decade, and is now 1/3 of U.S. gas reserves.

Global installed wind energy generation is expected to exceed 300 gigawatts this year.

Republicans on the Hose Appropriations Committee have inexcusably tried to slash the DOE renewable energy budget.

U.S. industry has cut the amount of energy required per unit of production output in half over the past 40 years.

32 states have specific renewable energy standards for electricity generated in those states.

Improvements in airplane design and engine efficiency have reduced the fuel used per seat-mile by 82% between 1958 and 2010.

Obama’s carbon dioxide reduction plan is estimated to only raise electric rates 1 penny per kilo-watt hour.

Houston, the U.S. fossil fuel industry capital, announced the largest municipal renewable energy purchase in U.S. history.

Between 1975 and 2009, every $ of U.S. GDP was produced with 60% less oil, 20% less electricity and 50% less total energy. We CAN do it.

“We’re living as if we have three or four planets instead of one.” – David Miliband, former U.K. foreign secretary

Oil price spikes have preceded all U.S. recessions since 1973. Importing oil has cost us trillions of dollars. Why should we continue it?

The World Bank plans to strictly limit financing of new coal-fired power plants to rare circumstances.

To honor Independence Day, let’s strive for independence from foreign fossil fuels and monopolistic energy companies.

Canada, with 35 million people, consumes about the same amount of energy as Africa, with more than 1 billion people.

The International Energy Agency estimates renewable energy will exceed natural gas generated energy worldwide by 2016.

Around 77% of all U.S. job commuting is by single-occupant cars. More than all public transportation and car-pooling combined.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory estimates there are 4,150,000 megawatts of untapped wind energy offshore of the U.S.

Wind energy represented 36.5% of all new energy generating capacity between 2008 and 2012 – and it is increasing.

A release of just 1% of the methane in the Arctic permafrost could have a greater heating effect than all human greenhouse emissions in history.

Utilities should be rewarded for cutting demand and bills, instead of selling more energy. Then their interests would align with their customers’ interests.

2/3 of U.S. coal-fired power plants are over 30 years old, and should be retired.

83,000 American homeowners installed solar energy systems in 2012 – 55% more than 2011.

China consumes almost as much coal as the rest of the world combined.

Over 85% of the world’s energy still comes from fossil fuels. Obviously, there’s lots of upside for all types of renewables. Let’s do it.

Duke Energy has shelved plans to build a $24 billion nuclear power plant in Florida. Good, now invest that $ in renewables!

Senate Bill 1392, Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, needs to be approved! Contact your senator and let them know.

Wash only full loads of dishes, and air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle.

Capturing carbon from coal plants is estimated to raise the cost of electricity they generate by 30 to 80%.

In 1999, Texas adopted one of the country’s first renewable energy mandates. That and subsequent mandates have been surpassed years early.

Germany has a national solar policy, a quick, inexpensive permitting process, and a national feed-in tariff mandate. They get it.

While the cost of solar panels has plummeted, soft costs (permitting, installation, etc.) has barely decreased. That needs to change.

China now uses over half the world’s coal. They finally beat us in a way we’re glad to get beat.

Global consumption of petroleum products reached a record high of 88,900,000 barrels per day in 2012. How long is THAT supposed to last?

Over 5.1 terawatt-hours of electricity were generated from renewable energy sources in Germany during July. That boom in on-site energy generation has led two of the larger utilities to shutter a number of fossil fuel powered generating plants.

According to the International Energy Agency, global carbon dioxide emissions rose 1.4% in 2012. We’re going the wrong way.

Global investment in renewable energy rose from $178 billion in 2009 to $244 billion in 2012, a 37% increase.

By year’s end, global wind energy capacity will exceed 300 gigawatts – about as much as 114 nuclear power plants.

The Census Bureau estimates 100 million U.S. homes could have solar panels in the future, which would generate 94% of current U.S. use.

The disaster at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant continues to worsen. Why is nuclear energy still considered viable?

Average miles driven per month by Americans peaked at 900 in July 2004, and has since fallen to 820. That’s progress.

China plans to get 20% of its energy from renewables by 2020. About the same as Europe, and more than the U.S.

Over 1 million total miles were ridden in the first month of a New York City bike share program.

China’s greenhouse emissions rose from about 10% of the world’s total in 1990, to about 30% currently.

Low natural gas prices are doing more to reduce coal-generated electricity than any government mandate or initiative.

The global market for distributed energy generation systems is expected to top $155 billion by 2018.

Some Tea Party chapters are opposing the big energy utilities because they’re monopolies that hurt consumers.

China’s explosive growth in energy consumption is the biggest threat to the global climate. They need to get their emissions in check.

A whopping 832 MW of solar generating capacity was installed in the U.S. in just the second quarter of 2013.

Japan recently turned off its last nuclear reactor, and no longer generates any energy from nuclear.

The largest U.S. home builders are increasingly putting solar panels on the house roofs as an amenity.

U.S. coal plants use about 85 billion gallons of fresh water – EVERY DAY. Natural gas plants use about 7 billion gallons. Renewables use almost none.

In just the five years from 2008 to 2013, wind energy in Texas increased from 10 MW to over 23 MW. Much more wind energy is planned.

By 2015, China’s carbon dioxide emissions will be double America’s.

Dallas-based Tri Global Energy plans to build the largest wind farm in Texas – 1,100 megawatts.

Driven by dramatic cost reductions, global solar energy installations have exceeded wind energy installations for the first time ever.

IKEA plans to sell solar panels from all its UK stores.

Global solar panel installations are expected to top 40 GW per year staring in 2014.

Even fossil fuel rich Russia has started offering renewable energy subsidies.

At present growth rates, solar energy could produce 10% of the world’s electricity by 2020. We should really try for 15%.

The Army plans to generate 25% of its energy in the U.S. from renewables by 2025, up from 5.5% now.

Energy efficiency improvements in the U.S. over the past 40 years have done more for our energy security than coal, oil and nuclear – combined.

The U.S. is dependent on oil to provide a whopping 93% of the energy for its transportation sector.

The City of Chicago launched Chicago Solar Express to streamline the permitting, zoning and interconnection process for solar panel installations. It’s a good model for other cities to emulate.

Despite all the drilling in the U.S. and elsewhere, the countries in the OPEC cartel still control about 80% of the global proven reserves.

The ONLY way to protect the U.S. from the volatile global oil market is to drastically reduce our oil consumption. All the drilling won’t do it.

A comprehensive U.S. energy strategy must include: using much less, creating fuel diversity and finding more – in that order.

If renewables only have limited usefulness, why are the energy utilities fighting them like an existential threat?!

Did you use a gas or diesel powered vehicle today? If so, you helped support global terrorism.

California expects to generate 18,700+ megawatts of energy from wind and solar by 2020.

A solar energy system is installed in the U.S. every 4 minutes. We need to try for every 20 to 30 seconds.

Over 40% of all existing solar energy systems in the U.S. came online last year. Think about that growth curve.

Coal plant operators should just use their much-touted carbon capture process to meet federal carbon emission regulations. Simple fix, right?

The fossil fuel industry funded Americans for Prosperity wants Congress to end the Production Tax Credit for wind energy. Big surprise, right?

The U.S. consumes about 4 million gigawatt-hours of electricity per year. Reducing that is one of the best ways to energy security.

By 2020, LED light bulbs are projected to account for 64% of the light bulb market.

Satellites operate for decades powered by solar panels. How long would any other energy source be able to power them?

Everyone wants their phones, computers and cars to be smarter and more efficient. So, why not their homes?

Each incandescent light bulb consumes about $10 of electricity annually. Glad they’re being phased out for better bulbs.

I LOVE my new Nanoleaf LED light bulb! It has a very nice glow, and it is the most high-tech bulb I’ve ever seen.

Toxic spills. Catastrophic air and water pollution. Heavy metals contamination of rivers and lakes. Global climate change. Why do we keep using coal for electricity?!

Due to improved energy efficiency, annual per capita home electricity use in the U.S. has dropped for the last 3 years. That’s a very good trend!

Can someone explain to me how trying to use energy more efficiently and save money is a liberal scheme?!

Over 1/3 of Latin America’s energy comes from renewable sources. They can do it, why can’t we?

States and average Americans will need to push renewable energy transition. Washington will lead from behind – as usual.

How’d you like to use your phone, laptop, etc. as much as always, but only charge 1/5 as often? That’s the promise of energy efficiency.

Globally, bike sharing programs have jumped over 700% in the last 5 years. I hope that continues.

Texas has 26% of U.S. oil reserves and 29% of natural gas reserves. But it’s also the largest wind energy generating state – by far. Having fossil fuels doesn’t preclude developing renewables.

Solar energy has gone from a niche market to a global industry in just over 10 years. What’ll that mean for utility companies in 25 years?

With fossil fuel powered generating plants being one of the biggest water users, how will that work in drought areas?

Since January 2011, the average cost of photovoltaic panels has plummeted over 60%.

Solar-generated electricity will become an investment grade asset within 2 years.

A Drexel University study found that climate change deniers received $588 million from fossil fuel interests between 2003 and 2010.

Consumer Reports picked the Tesla Model S electric sedan as the top car in this year’s ranking. Way to go, Elon.

Texas recently hit 10,200 MW of wind energy, 38% of state total, and the electric grid had no problems. Not what the fossil fuel folks expected to happen.

Over 7,000 megawatts of new wind turbines are scheduled to be built in Texas by the end of 2015. Almost a 60% increase in capacity.

Koch brothers: pursuing a morally-bankrupt, dead-end strategy to save fossil fuels by any means.

32.8 billion cubic feet of CNG was used for vehicle fuel in the U.S. in 2013. 9.3% more than 2012.

8.1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas was burned by U.S. electric generators in 2013. 11% less than 2012.

Burning all the coal in the world is estimated to raise temperatures by a hellish 44 degrees. There are 7,000 coal plants globally.

Over 13,000 megawatts of wind energy projects are currently under construction in the U.S.

How will mankind reduce carbon emissions with a growing population that is increasingly urbanized?

Some conservatives applaud mass lay-offs by big corporations as progress, but anguish over some coal miner job losses? Please.

Texas has already generated 600,000 more MW hours of wind energy in 2014 than during the same period of 2013.

Annual global coal usage tops 8 billion tons. 8,000,000,000 TONS! Does that seem reasonable or sustainable?

Do the industrialized countries really want to be dependent on Middle East oil for their economic survival?

49% of global carbon emissions come from burning coal – the dirtiest fossil fuel.

Considering the dim long-term prospects for coal, why doesn’t it make complete economic sense to divest from it?

A record 34.5 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide from fossil fuels was emitted globally in 2012. Most if it was from coal.

A greater percentage of scientists believe humans are causing global warming than believe cigarette smoking causes lung cancer. Climate deniers, start smoking!

Our children and our grandchildren will indict us for willful indifference if we don’t act to stop global warming.

Renewable energy will improve and prevail: the first nuclear reactor (1942) only generated enough energy to power a flashlight!

Average daily coal consumption per person worldwide in 2011 was 6.4 lbs, in the U.S. it was 18 lbs.

Did you know that microwave ovens use about a third as much energy as regular ovens?

The oil majors are now little more than giant import companies, siphoning American dollars into foreign banks.

In just 9 years (2004 – 2013), wind energy in Texas grew from 1.1% to 10% of total energy generation.

Australia has enough untapped geothermal energy to power the country for 2.5+ million years. Why not use it??

The wars in the Middle East? Your gasoline purchase dollars hard at work.

Game consoles, DVRs and other networked electronic devices waste $80 billion of energy a year. Think better energy efficiency wouldn’t help?

After 23 million rides, and millions of miles, U.S. bikeshare programs have had no fatalities.

It would really be great if Congress actually did something for the American people, not just big money donors!

About the Author

Mark H. Witte is a strong proponent for energy efficiency and renewable energy, and believes individuals should have more control over how the energy for their homes is produced.