In the State of the Union yesterday, President Obama proned fiscal responsibility and set to rebuild America's infrastructure. He also used this opportunity to set a new target for clean energy production : 80% by 2035! In the absence of new international agreements, it was the most encouraging declaration that the clean-tech community could hope for. It followed a series of announcements during Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit last week in Washington DC.
Many experts expressed however their skepticism. By comparison, the current Kyoto agreement calls for 20% of energy consumption to come from renewables. The White House expanded today on its plans to achieve clean power goals. Facing a new Congress more hostile to environmental regulation, President Obama mixed nuclear, natural gas, "clean coal" with renewables sources like wind and solar. Yet, reducing traditional coal power plants to 20% of energy production is a very challenging goal, even a quarter century from now, according to a recent study from the US Energy Information Association.