Keeping Our Fuel Mix Diverse

With the spotlight on electric cars, a lot of people are wanting to switch from a ‘gasoline guzzler’ to something more earth-friendly or earth-friendly is what we thought. The greater population is probably not aware that using an electrical source can also generate carbon pollution. Hearing that news, you think…is there any way to solve our current problem or is it more of choosing the lesser of two evils?

Although electric cars may not be the ultimate answer for our global issue, it is a stepping stone while transitioning over to a more environmentally friendly technological discovery. Using electricity as a replacement for gasoline may pose as a temporary solution, although I wouldn’t suggest we switch entirely to electricity. In the future, there is a plan to generate more electricity from renewable energy sources and not rely so heavily on our current largest source, coal. Right now renewable sources are only providing about 10 percent of the U.S. total electricity supply. Seven percent of that 10 is produced by Hydropower alone but wind power is proving to be the fastest growing option and is currently be pushed in 32 states.

While renewable source is a huge promise for the future, it cannot be 100% relied on. Not every area is suitable to certain types of renewable technologies and therefore will need to be backed by a different resource, such as natural gas or maybe one of our ‘ugly alternatives’.

It’s interesting to see which states have moved away from using coal and have really made an effort to diversify their ‘electricity portfolio’. Burning coal is the cheapest route to produce electricity and Texas is the leader in emitting this greenhouse gas (Texas officials were actually drafting up a plan to build 11 new coal burning plans till environmentalists got involved). Check out Get Energy Active to view your state to see where your electricity is coming from.

So while there is a huge push for electric cars, remember that this is a transition process. As a consumer, be responsible and stay educated. Technology will take baby steps towards what we hope will be a great answer to our current issue. The real answer to our issue, is to conserve…no matter what energy source we are using.


One Response to “Keeping Our Fuel Mix Diverse”

  1. I completely agree with this article. The key is to produce electricity from renewable energy sources.

    For instance, I live in Florida and when I checked the link in the article to find out where my electricity comes from, the majority of it turns out to be coal.

    This is entirely ridiculous. I mean come on Florida Power & Light (our power company)! It’s F-L-O-R-I-D-A. We are called the S-U-N-S-H-I-N-E state.

    FP&L says that they are developing solar alternatives. I know because I voluntarily pay $5.00 per month extra on my power bill to encourage them but I think that they need to step up the effort.

    Keep up the good work Susan, I really enjoy reading your blog.

    Melbourne Beach, FL

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