Bright Future--or Brief Flare--for Renewable Energy?

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Science  30 Jul 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5428, pp. 678-680
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5428.678

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PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA-- Solar, wind, and other forms of renewable energy are making surprising gains as some U.S. states open their power markets to competition. But with fossil fuel prices near all-time lows, experts are split on whether alternative energy can maintain its momentum. Concerns about climate change are the strongest force pulling in favor of renewables, but if the Kyoto climate change treaty falters and global warming forecasts become less dire, the fossil fuel era is likely to continue into the foreseeable future.