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Energy Myths

April 20, 2007

By Max Schulz

A lot of folks are pushing for renewable energy sources, like windmill farms, solar energy, etc. But those aren't real alternatives. Half of our electricity comes from coal, another 20% from natural gas, another 20% from nuclear power. Wind and solar make up one-fifth of 1%. It's just not viable.

There is a wide discrepancy in what people think they know about energy and what the facts are. There is a lot of misinformation and trafficking in myths.

In our recent survey, two-thirds of 1,000 survey participants said most of our energy comes from oil. The reality is 60% comes from non-oil sources. Electricity made up 85% of the growth in energy demand over the last 27 years.

More than half of respondents said Saudi Arabia was our biggest foreign source of oil. In fact, that source is Canada. Eighty-four percent of respondents said cities were becoming more polluted, and 67% said logging and development were shrinking forests. Seventy percent of respondents said future energy demand can be met if we conserve today. Projected need is 30% more energy by 2030, not a demand that can be met through mere conservation.

Original Source: http://www.forbes.com/2007/04/20/solutions-energy-schulz-opinion-cx_lm_0420schulz.html

 

 
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