As we learned at the U.N. Climate Change Conference, COP26, there is almost universal agreement on the need to collaborate to reduce the amount of toxins and greenhouse gasses our machines spew into the atmosphere. What’s missing is agreement on how to get there.
Not surprisingly, power generators and electricity producers in particular are receiving their share of scrutiny in this debate. Electricity production alone accounted for 25% of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. just two years ago, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. About 62% of that electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels, namely coal and natural gas. While it dropped in 2020 due to the pandemic, it rose again in 2021.