Some Good News

It’s been a discouraging couple of years when you look at global climate change. The news seems to just keep getting worse, and nothing seems to be getting done.

That said, the United States reached a milepost that nearly slipped by me without any fanfare at all.

Wind farm from Public Domain Pictures

Fanfare is called for: On April 8, 2022, wind energy production was second only to natural gas production in the United States, surpassing coal and nuclear. (CNN: US Wind Energy Sets Record) Europe, especially Germany are doing even better. In 2020, Germany got 24% of its energy from wind. Wind energy is now economically competitive with fossil fuels. And more wind farms are planned, both in the United States, and around the world.

We need to do much much more. And we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that renewable energy comes with its own set of hazards — nothing is free.

But for the moment, just enjoy reaching this one milestone.

We can do this, if we stay focused.

Published by Amy Law

Amy Law is a science geek. She feels about science the way some people feel about music, or art, or sports – a total and complete emotional connection. She thinks in science. For Amy, there’s nothing better than helping people see the beauty of science as she does. She loves to untangle a complicated subject into its parts, explaining it so that anybody can understand what’s happening. Let her show you her world...

2 thoughts on “Some Good News

  1. Thanks for this interesting update, Amy. Though I always worry about the visual alterations to the landscape, and the impact on wildlife, in particular the birds, when I see giant wind farms!

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    1. I understand your worries about the impact of giant wind farms on wildlife, but I think there is a cost to *doing nothing* and going down the same path we are currently on, as well. Properly sited, they can obviously be a tremendous tool in combating global climate change. And when I think of them in that light, I think they are beautiful!

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