Donald Trump has staked his grubby little political future in part on a supposed renaissance in dirty, backward-looking industries like coal production.
Unfortunately for him, the world doesn’t stand still for anyone.
Renewable energy is our future, whereas fossil fuels are our past and rapidly fading present. That’s just the way it is. We can prepare our workers for the future or lie our asses off to make them feel better. Guess which path Trump has taken?
In April, we got a glimpse of that future. The production of renewable energy has now passed that of coal for the first time in our country’s history.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) announced Wednesday that, in April, “U.S. monthly electricity generation from renewable sources exceeded coal-fired generation for the first time.”
While coal provided 20% of U.S. power in April, renewables — which include utility-scale hydropower, wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass — provided 23% of total generation.