It depends on what we choose to invest in, and population trends. Technically, we’ve had the technology to become energy independent for years, through massive wind, solar, geothermal, hydro power, and other renewables. Many countries also have the capability to make nuclear energy, which is a fairly clean and efficient energy source, compared to coal power plants. Instead of investing in newer, more efficient energy sources we have invested in dead ends and dirty coal power. Now politicians are talking about “clean” coal which is a fallacy, there is no such thing as clean coal.
At our current pace, America could be energy independent within the next two decades, but with the current economic downturn it’s hard to say. It could spur investment in new energy solutions that lead to energy independence. Or it could lead to another Great Depression, which would likely push back most energy investments.
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