For many, the power grid failure in Texas last week underscored the need to ensure the United States’ energy infrastructure can withstand increasingly extreme weather conditions. To climate scientists, it also emphasized the urgency of reducing our carbon emissions in order to avert further climate change.
A recent report by Princeton researchers found that in order to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, the country should drastically ramp up the adoption of renewable energy with the aim to rely on renewables for 50% of our needs by 2030. In 2019, wind and solar accounted for 9% of our energy.
But Charlotte Howard, The Economist’s energy and commodities editor and New York bureau chief, says that ramping up production for renewable energy is only half