Renewable energy must be the future

Too many countries are still building too many coal-fired power plants, particularly in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

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April 14, 2020 - 10:07 AM

Photo-voltaic solar panels at the 550-megawatt Desert Sunlight Solar Farm, in Desert Center, Calif. The solar farm is one of the world's largest on 3,800 acres of federal land in Riverside County. Photo by (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

The world still relies far too much on burning fossil fuels for energy, but an annual accounting of new energy sources carries some heartening news: Nearly 75% of new electricity generation capacity last year involved renewable energy — an all-time record.

Yes, the world still relies too much on burning fossil fuel to create energy. But the 2019 annual report from the International Renewable Energy Agency shows that the world continues to move in the right direction, at least in some areas, as it has for the past decade.

Carbon Brief, a British-based nonprofit covering climate science, notes that too many countries are still building too many coal-fired power plants, particularly in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

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