By Alyson Kenward, Climate Central
In order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve America’s energy security, President Obama has laid out agoal for the U.S. to generate 80 percent of its electricity from clean energy sources by 2035. To replace coal, which is currently the dominant source of electricity, we would need to rely on other energy sources.
This interactive graphic below shows how much of any one resource the U.S. would require in order to meet the 80 percent clean energy goal, if we were to rely on only one clean energy technology. The graphic demonstrates how difficult it would be to meet the 80 percent goal by expanding the use of only one clean energy source, and points to the need to pursue a portfolio of clean energy sources.