Energy: US looks to renewables as an
 energy alternative

Solar power plant in the desert near Barstow, California (photo: dpa)
Solar power plant in the desert near Barstow, California (photo: dpa)

America has set a two-pronged energy target - to urgently address climate change while also freeing itself from importing fuels from politically unstable countries. As the US is leading the way globally in the development and use of renewable energy, could this meet its needs? asks GIS expert Dr Carole Nakhle.

‘WE will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories,’ said US President Barack Obama during his 2009 inaugural speech as he emphasised the importance of renewable energy in American energy policy.

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Developing renewable energy will help the US achieve the twin goals of security of supply ...

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