Moving beyond oil and gas requires willpower more than anything else

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Political & social will required

Elisabeth Rosenthal over at the New York Times wrote a good piece about "Life after oil & gas" this weekend. I won't try to summarize it too much because the whole thing is worth reading, but the takeaway for me is that one of the main barriers keeping us from making progress on renewable energy is in our minds. I'm not saying that we can dump fossil fuels overnight, or that it will be easy, but we could certainly do a lot more.

As renewable energy gets cheaper and machines and buildings become more energy efficient, a number of countries that two decades ago ran on a fuel mix much like America’s are successfully dialing down their fossil fuel habits. Thirteen countries got more than 30 percent of their electricity from renewable energy in 2011, according to the Paris-based International Energy Agency, and many are aiming still higher.

Could we? Should we?

Read the whole thing at the New York Times.

Tags: Clean Energy | Energy | Renewable Energy

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