Let's say you wanted to use your land to generate electricity. Think of that land as your own backyard. What would you do? Would you
a) Drill for natural gas?
b) Set up solar panels?
c) Mine for coal?
d) Install a wind turbine?
Here's how it breaks down, courtesy of a new report from the Center for American Progress:
This means that a shitload of public land—remember, that's land that we all own; we all supposedly get a say in how it's managed—is mined for coal and drilled for gas, while almost none is used for solar, wind or geothermal. That seems not just like a terrible waste, but like a vast misrepresentation of American preferences. Most Americans, you'll recall, heavily favor clean energy over fossil fuels.
So take another gander at my dumb pop quiz up there. Shouldn't the answer reflect our nation's policy?