While anti-fossil fuel activists will likely try to spin this as a win for wind and solar, nuclear power provided a plurality of this non-fossil fuel share, accounting for 9 percent of all the energy used in the United States in 2020.
Wind accounted for 3.12 percent of US energy consumption, solar accounted for 1.32 percent, hydroelectric accounted for 2.64 percent, and the remaining 4.68 percent was derived from biomass, whether in the form of biofuels, waste or by burning wood.
It is very interesting to note that burning wood, which is the oldest form of energy consumption in the country, is still producing more useful energy than solar power, despite the billions of dollars that have been spent propping up the industry.
The amount of “non-fossil fuel” energy obtained in the country would be higher if we hadn’t been subsidizing and mandating the use of wind and solar for the last 15 years, and had instead used these resources to build new nuclear power plants.
New nuclear power plants would deliver more emissions free energy than wind and solar, and they would do so reliably. As the rolling blackouts in California, Texas, and the Southwest Power Pool have clearly demonstrated, wind and solar technologies are not up the task of powering our lives.
Unfortunately, liberal politicians in Minnesota voted against legalizing new nuclear power plants in the state during the legislative session, despite the fact that they claim to believe climate change is an existential crisis. This is why it is impossible to take them seriously.