Renewables surpass coal in US energy generation for first time in 130 years

Science 2020/6/3

Renewables surpass coal in US energy generation for first time in 130 years

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Solar, wind and other renewable sources have toppled coal in energy generation in the United States for the first time in over 130 years, with the coronavirus pandemic accelerating a decline in coal that has profound implications for the climate crisis.

Not since wood was the main source of American energy in the 19th century has a renewable resource been used more heavily than coal, but 2019 saw a historic reversal, according to US government figures.

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