Editorial: The renewables hope

The US Department of Energy's latest budget proposal puts energy from renewable sources in useful perspective. It trims spending in this area by 36%. Announcement of the plan naturally provoked moans of regret from renewable-energy promoters. But it forces policymakers and energy consumers to take a clear view of what reasonably can be expected from renewable resources.There can be no doubt that the US needs energy from renewable sources and will need more of it in the future. Someday, in fact, all energy will come from renewable resources.But the country can't now rely on renewable sources to meet a significant share of its energy needs and shouldn't pass laws or impose regul...

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