May 8, 2018


Renewable Energy Is Surviving Trump (EMILY ATKIN, May 8, 2018, New Republic)

President Donald Trump has done a lot for the oil and coal industries. Since taking office, he's halted more than 30 costly environmental regulations, approved two large oil pipelines, and opened up more public land for drilling. "We have ended the war on American energy," Trump said in January.

America's energy production is indeed on the rise: More than 3 gigawatts have been added to the country's electric grid this year, enough to power more than 2 million homes. Problem is, almost none of that new capacity came from fossil fuels. It came from renewable resources.

According to data from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), 95 percent of the energy capacity added in the first quarter of 2018 came from solar, wind, geothermal, and hydropower. Only about 3 percent came from natural gas. By comparison, in the first quarter of 2017, approximately 33 percent of new capacity came from natural gas and 61 percent came from renewables. (There's been no new capacity from coal this year or last.)

Left and Right, but I repeat myself, are always in for a rude awakening when they fight market forces.

Posted by at May 8, 2018 6:07 PM