A recent report by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) finds that through 2040, at least, fossil fuels will remain king, despite rapid growth in renewable energy sources, reports Andrew Freedman at Climate Central. The report projects that world energy use will grow by over 50 percent between 2010 and 2040. Half of that increase will take place in just two countries — China and India. Indeed, China’s energy use will be twice that of the US. While renewable energy sources will be the fastest growing energy sources through 2040, the report calculates that fossil fuels, such as oil and coal, will still comprise 80 percent of world energy use. Additionally, the report projected that in the absence of additional policies to rein in planet-warming carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, worldwide energy-related CO2 emissions will increase by nearly 50 percent by 2040, reaching 45 billion metric tons in 2040. The report didn’t include the possibility of such policies due to policy uncertainties. Clearly action is needed, however, to avoid the catastrophic climate consequences of a 50% increase in carbon emissions.
Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here: http://signon.org/sign/we-are-the-clean-99?source=c.em.cp&r_by=487176 . This is an ongoing campaign (the next Congressional election is in 2 years!) so please, spread the word. It’s our way of telling Congress that a strong clean energy voting bloc is out there. This is how YOU can make a difference.
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