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Paul Brandus: This carbon-free energy source could be the wave of the future — if only Americans wouldn’t freak out about it

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Coal is filthy — it releases carbon when burned. So that’s not the answer. But we still rely on it for about 20% of our electricity, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).  

Natural gas is cleaner and produces about 40% of our juice. But even this fuel is “a massive source of carbon emissions” — about half as much as coal (as long as methane isn’t released when the gas is extracted). 

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