Energy is the vital force powering business, manufacturing, and the transportation of goods and services to serve the American and world economies. Energy supply and demand plays an increasingly vital role in our national security, the economic output of our world, and environment.
Renewable energy sources, including wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, hydrogen and water power play an important – and increasing – role in our nation’s energy mix. The growth of clean and domestic renewable energy is an important part of addressing climate change and increasing our energy security. The world is overdue for clean alternative energy. Please visit Repower America for more information about changing the way America is fueled.
Fossil fuels – coal, oil, natural gas, — currently provide more than 85% of all the energy consumed in the United States, nearly two-thirds of our electricity, and virtually all of our transportation fuels. Another important fossil fuel is nuclear. Moreover, it is likely that the nation’s reliance on fossil fuels to power an expanding economy will actually increase over at least the next two decades even with aggressive development and deployment of new renewable and nuclear technologies. This means we might continue to experience the devastating results of extracting and burning fossil fuels. This can be seen in the BP Oil Spill, the Massey Energy Coal Mine Explosion, coal mountaintop removal, and climate change.