Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)




This article addresses the historic and current use of coal as the main source of electric power throughout the United States. Coal powered power plants remain an important part of the history and industrialization of the United States, even though there are many detrimental health and environmental impacts associated with its use. A slowly growing trend has been emerging with research on and use of renewable energy to replace fossil fuels, such as coal. Greater public awareness and involvement will help drive the slowly emerging use of renewable energy. This article looks at the current barriers that are prohibiting the implementation of renewable energy, and shows that there are technical and non-technical barriers. A public survey demonstrates the understanding, as well as the willingness the public has to move towards renewable energy sources.


This work made publicly available electronically on September 16, 2011.

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Biology Commons



Faculty Mentor

John Flores