Renewable Energy Sources Replace Coal Ahead of Predictions

By David Fessler Over the past two centuries, Americans have been through many energy transitions. And we’re in another one right now.
Up until 300 years ago, waterwheels and windmills powered what little industry there was. In 1712, English inventor Thomas Newcomen created the first steam engine. It was used to pump water out of a tin mine in England.
From there, about 2,200 steam engines were produced in the 18th century.
During most of the 19th century, Americans burned whale oil for light. And they primarily burned wood to heat their homes and cook.
Industries used wood to fire steam boilers. Those boilers powered steam engines …read more

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