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Biofuels America Isn’t Always #1 (Future360 Video)

Published on February 23rd, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan

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America Isn’t Always #1 (Future360 Video)

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February 23rd, 2013 by Zachary Shahan
 
The United States prides itself on being “#1.” Unfortunately, we actually aren’t number one on a long list of things, and we’re pretty far down there on some important indices.

In this video and post below, Sarah Backhouse of Future360 runs down a few of the cleantech categories in which we aren’t #1:

Operation Cleantech pt 3: America the Loser

By Sarah Backhouse

In part three of Operation Cleantech, we ask everyday Americans how it feels like to lose. While trying not to get punched in the face in the process. America has always been a world leader. We put man on the moon. We invented flight, light and the iPad. But when it comes to cleantech, we’re trailing behind the rest of the world.

Here are some sobering facts: China gets 15% of its energy from renewables, where we only get 8%; Israel ranks higher than the US on the Global Cleantech Innovation Index; Brazil is kicking our butt with biofuel production; and even Finland is out innovating us with green design.

This was news to our friends in downtown LA, who were eager to get off oil and gas, and push forward on cleantech like the rest of the world.

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is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy since 2009. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the founder and director of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.



  • http://www.energyquicksand.com/ Edward Kerr

    When it comes to people incarcerated and military spending we are #1 by a mile.

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      ha, true. :D

  • http://profiles.google.com/ivor.oconnor Ivor O’Connor

    “Here are some sobering facts: China gets 15% of its energy from renewables, where we only get 8%; Israel ranks higher than the US on the Global Cleantech Innovation Index; Brazil is kicking our butt with biofuel production; and even Finland is out innovating us with green design.”

    I call BS!

    We may not be #1 but China does not get 15% of its energy from renewable.
    Brazil is kicking its own butt by doing biofuel. (And hurting the rest of the planet too.)
    What is innovation? Bah humbug!

    Measurements should be based on three categories. The percentage of energy supplied via solar, via wind, and the percentage of our long distance power lines using HVDC. I’d say we are certainly not number one but we are still in the top 10.

  • Ross Chandler

    Come on America. Do better. While you’re well down the rankings for most things except for the bad stuff the rest of the world still needs you. I’ll let the unqualified claims that you invented flight and light pass.

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