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The United States is the World's True Energy Superpower

We are used to hearing about how far behind the curve the United States is on energy. Just today, we were reminded that Germany and China will gobble up our future since we have failed to invest in solar and wind technologies, in particular, photovoltaic fabrication plants.

Actually, that’s not quite true. There are quite a number of PV plants in the U.S., just not any using the technology touted by the New York Times reporter.

And as for wind: did you know that “China is going to eat our lunch and take our jobs on clean energy.” That is not true either. Current wind generating capacity in the U.S. is just shy of 30,000 MW, larger than any other country, including Germany (24,000 MW) and China (13,000 MW).

What about biofuels? We are told constantly that Brazil has cleared the field of all competition in the ethanol arena (some of us wish they would, and take the subsidies and over-priced food with them, but that is a story for another day). Well, that is another urban myth. In 2008 the U.S. produced about 457,000 b/d oil equivalent, almost half the world’s total. Brazil came in second with 382,000 b/d oil equivalent.

Hardly Worth Mentioning when the Future of World Energy Is Discussed?

And when it comes to conventional energy – oil, gas, coal, nuclear – one would be hard-pressed to think that the US was a factor at all (no mention in the IEA’s review of future energy supplies). [Read more →]

September 18, 2009   9 Comments