World Adopts Renewable Energy at a Record Rate
by Trevor Machmer on October 7, 2017 - 10:45pm
With climate change being ever present in the mind of concerned citizens it is important to focus on how humanity can, and has been reducing their eco-footprint. With an increasing energy use per person humanity has had to find renewable sources that can maintain our energy use in a sustainable manner. The authors analyze the current trends of renewable energy implementation with renewable energy accounting for 60 percent of new systems and 24 percent of the world’s energy now being from renewable sources. With an increasing support of renewable energy worldwide the price of wind and solar energy are falling to a more affordable level with countries like India and China spearheading the renewable energy push. Countries like China and India have often been condemned in the past as being world leaders in pollution; however, it is these countries that are looking to reduce their footprint at a growing rate as China is now responsible for well over half of the world’s solar energy. This trend is expected to continue as coal and gas plants continue to be shutdown between present date and 2022. In comparison the United States are lagging far behind at only 8 percent of their energy being produced from renewable sources which is ironic due to them being the ones who complain the most about deals such as the Paris Agreement. This article brings to light issues within how media reports and covers environmental issues. Although media will focus on issues such as the Trump administration wanting to back out of the Paris Agreement they will also focus on how the United States isn’t as big of a contributor as other countries and use this information to mislead American citizens. Although media acts as a catalyst for bringing attention to the issue of renewable energy it is rare for American reporting’s to highlight the job that other countries are doing at a far superior level to the United States so as not to make the Americans look bad. In this way the state is made to look as taking positive action and furthermore media uses scientific uncertainty as a scapegoat to create doubt in the public mind about what is right and wrong. This misinformation in the media stems from ignorance by the overall public as citizens and reporters focus on outputs and pollution without reporting on how much countries are investing into divergence from harmful climate practices. The media is essentially telling half of the story which leads to harmful government stances that are based on pseudo logic and manipulation. One such example of this would be how The American government has used media reporting to promote interest conflict between themselves and other members who pledged themselves to the Paris Agreement. The American government cites half of the story to make it seem like they have been given the harsh side of the coin and are being made to pay a steeper price than their share for the same benefits of every other country. However, when the government’s investments and green energy and remediation programs are analyzed it is clear that other countries are prioritizing emissions mitigation at a much higher level than the United States.