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- Bruntland Commision



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Our Nation's growing energy crisis is one hot topic these days, and most experts expect for it to remain in the spotlight for decades to come. It is estimated that in the last 200 years we have used 50% of the world's entire supply of hydrocarbon energy (fossil fuels like coal, natural gas, and petroleum), while these resources take millions of years worth of solar energy to form.

Although some reduction in energy consumption is needed, it has become clear that renewable sources of energy will play an increasingly large roll in our future. In 2004 only 6% of the US energy supply came from renewable sources like wind, solar power, and hydro-power, while 85% came from burning fossil fuels.

There are huge amounts of information and data about alternative energy on the web. To find out more, click one of the below links.


Info on Renewable Energy:

Energy Information Administration
Renewable Resource Data Center


Wind Power Links:

Home Brew Wind Turbines
Mail Order Wind Kits
Map of Wind Potential in US
Maps of Wind Potential by Region


Solar Power Links:

Solar Systems and Info 1
Solar Systems and Info 2
Mail Order Solar Panels
Map of Solar Potential in US


Hydro Power Links:

Micro-Hydro Systems 1
Micro-Hydro Systems 2
Mail Order Hydro Systems 1
Mail Order Hydro Systems 2


Human Powered Electricity :

Hand-Cranked I-Pod
Hand Cranked Phone Charger
Human Powered Generator
Homemade Magnet Alternators