Seventeen percent of the electricity generated in the United States comes from renewable energy sources
. That total includes seven percent from hydropower and six percent from wind.
Some climate change advocates want to achieve a goal of generating 100 percent of the energy we need from renewable sources. The states of Hawaii and California have set formal goals to use 100 percent renewable energy sources by 2045. Many cities and counties have set similar goals.
Achieving such goals will require a massive transformation since 63 percent of our electricity is generated from fossil fuels, primarily natural gas and coal.
Another 20 percent comes from nuclear energy sources.
To meet renewable energy goals and reduce reliance on fossil fuels, proposals have been made to raise taxes on the use of fossil fuels such as natural gas. However, just 36 percent of voters nationwide support such taxes. Additionally, just 30 percent are comfortable with the idea of giving the federal government the power to transform the economy.
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