And the amount of renewable energy we generate from sources like wind and solar
Regarding the doubling of renewable energy sources, FactCheck.org found this to be true, but with a caveat:
“We looked at this claim when Obama made it several times on the presidential campaign trail last fall. We found that wind and solar energy generation had doubled from 2008 to 2011. Consumption for wind also doubled, and it nearly doubled for solar.
But wind and solar were very small portions of energy generated before — and even after — that increase. Wind was 13 percent of all renewable energy generated in 2011. (Renewable includes biomass, such as ethanol, and hydro.) Solar was 1.3 percent of renewable energy generated. Renewable energy altogether accounted for just 9 percent of U.S. energy consumption in 2011.
Frank V. Maisano, an energy expert at the law firm Bracewell & Giuliani, told us: “Making large increases in wind power or solar power is not as big a challenge, let’s say, as making a 50 percent increase in natural gas. … You have to put it into context.”"
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