To fully understand the energy issue, we have to understand how America gets its energy, and how it uses it. When you see the full picture, the problems (we waste a lot of energy) and the potential solutions (we have just barely cracked into renewable energy) become more clear. Here from solar to coal, is how much of our energy comes from each potential source, and where those sources go.
Going Green? The Dark Side to Solar Energy | Although solar power is admired and thought of as a possible renewable energy solution, Ozzie Zehner, author of Green Illusions, claims there are a number of drawbacks to using solar cells. “They are certainly touted as green, but because of their energy footprint of production, toxins, and numerous limitations, they often merely swap one set of side effects for another.”