68% globally favor solar, dwarfing fossil fuels at 14%. Is a solar revolution imminent as the world seeks common ground in renewable energy?
A recent global survey reveals a soaring preference for solar energy, with more than two-thirds of the global population supporting this renewable energy source, a figure that quintuples the public backing for fossil fuels. The study, orchestrated by Glocalities in partnership with Global Citizen and The Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty Initiative, relied on the insights gathered from over 21,000 individuals across 21 nations from January to June.
Solar power emerged as the favored energy source, securing 68% approval, followed by wind energy at 54%, hydropower at 35%, and nuclear energy at 24%. The support for fossil fuels lingered at a mere 14%.
This trend of robust endorsement for renewable energy sources echoes in both Europe and the United States, with recent polls indicating a strong inclination towards massive investments in wind and solar power.
According to Reuters,
Sheldrick highlighted a troubling "production gap," stating, "This 'production gap' highlights a concerning paradox: despite strong public support for renewable energy, fossil fuel production remains prevalent." He emphasized that solar power stands as a unifying force, transcending political and demographic divides.
"Regardless of demographic or political affiliation, Democrat or Republican, solar power emerges as the world's preferred energy source...(which) indicates that there exists a common ground where political agendas can align with the clear demands of citizens," he added.
Despite a record surge in renewable energy growth, fossil fuels continue to hold a firm grip on the energy sector, a scenario that experts warn undermines the global efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement's target to limit global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
As the world grapples with this energy paradox, the consensus leans heavily towards a greener future powered by solar energy, signaling a potential shift in the global energy landscape in the coming years.
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