Fracking Further: Challenging and Changing the Energy Industry

Safety and health concerns surrounding natural gas fracking challenge the energy industry to improve and grow renewable energy systems.

Fracking has not derailed the growth of renewable energy. Electricity from renewables, power sources that emit no carbon, has grown fast. The wind provided three-tenths of 1 percent of US power a decade ago. It is now about 4 percent. Considering that American energy consumption is Brobdingnagian, that’s historic growth. Solar is also growing but remains much smaller.
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