Energy Alternatives: Oil
Every day the world burns more that 80 million barrels of oil. By 2016, estimates believe that oil consumption will rise to around 100 millions barrels a day. (Oil Facts) The United States was responsible for 25% of the world oil consumption in 2002, and those numbers are rising.
Modern society is characterized by convenience; convenience supplied by oil. Whether it be to fuel cars, to make plastic for hair dryers, or to paint a wall, most everything found in use today depends on this black gold. Although petroleum ’s variety of uses has made life convenient, this convenience has lead to an extreme use of oil, and it is now leading to its depletion. Although billions of barrels of oil remain in worldwide reserves, the United States needs to invest in replacing petroleum with alternative energy sources because readily available oil reserves are running out and other sources are more difficult to access and use .
Thirty-seven percent of the energy used in the United States comes from oil. Natural gas comes in at second, contributes twenty five percent of the energy. Coal gives us twenty one percent of our energy while the other seventeen percent comes from other energy sources. Those other resources include nuclear, wind, and mostly solar. Besides the environmental harm that some people think fracking has, it has the potential to produce more natural gas and oil. It also is a non-renewable resource and will take a very long time for it to come back because of the earth’s natural creation. Solar and wind power are renewable, but do not produce enough energy to run our country. All of the solar panels and wind mills we have on the earth right now could ...
Between rising demand for energy and the growing inability to increase energy production, a threat of economic collapse is approaching the global economy. The energy frenzy of the world has oil and food prices reaching historical records on a daily basis. The United States has historically been effective with action to prevent future breakdowns and turn them into opportunities. However, there has been a recent interruption in our nation’s capacity to understand the human and business concerns, and their strong relation to oil. How much time is left to sort these issues? In my report there will be a review of different options to relieve the supply and demand pressures on our energy supplies through the exploration of current consequences of our actions, oil alternatives, and awareness to energy consumption. Oil surpassed $130 per barrel in May of 2008, which depending on how they measure it, means that it is about 20% percent higher than the highs reached in the late 1970s and early 80s. In other words, this is getting serious. It is not the intensifying discussion of gasoline prices that we hear, but rather the impact that the price of oil is beginning to have on our nation and the global economy as a whole. If oil prices continue at this level or rise, there will be long-term shifts in how our economy works. According to Oliver (2008), the U.S. is the largest single consumer of energy on Earth. If the United States wants to remain as a strong nation (against other nations in the world) it must find its equalization for overcoming its biggest obstacles: Finding alternative sources for energy that will not trade one crisis for another and finding a way to become independently energy wealthy.
The United State’s growing dependence on foreign oil is a major problem for the US economy. Congresswoman Judy Biggert exclaims that, “Our dependence on foreign energy sources is our Achilles heel, not just in the realm of diplomacy, but in terms of our future as the world's economic leader. “In 2008 the US consumed 23 percent of the worlds petroleum, with which 57 percent was imported. In addition, America reported...
Semantically fossil fuels are a renewable source of energy, however given that it takes millions of years for the organic materials to be broken down and converted, it is wholly unrealistic to consider them as renewable. As the demand for fossil fuels increases and source diminish faster than they are replentished, the United States must work towards a renewable energy independent state using truly renable sources, both technically and in practice. With changes in the home, as consumers in buying goods and with alternative fuel sources backed by public trust and governmental involvement, the United States could drastically lessen its dependence on fossil fuels, foreign and domestic.
The United States has so many resources such as solar, wind, hydro, and natural gas that we need more research on. The government has tried and weighed in on the energy crisis in the world but it may be too late to become the world leader of new energy. The United States has failed to conduct vigorous research and development in the removal of fossil fuels and has tried to figure out a more efficient way of using the fuels already in use. This can cause of alarm in the upcoming decades with cars and planes using up petroleum faster than previously thought.
Indeed, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) predicts that domestic petroleum consumption will increase to 60 Btu by the year 2025. This statistic, in and of itself, is a matter of concern with respect to the greenhouse gas emissions that result from petroleum combustion. However, perhaps more disconcerting is the fact that U.S. oil production peaked in 1970 and has continued to fall since then (Campbell et. al., 1998). Therefore, the American public has turned to foreign oil, in particular Middle Eastern oil, to supplement its increase in demand. In an age where terrorism is at the forefront of people's minds, we still continue to import oil from the same nations that supposedly harbor so-called terrorist groups. The fact is that we are unwilling to responsibly face our energy future and instead choose to maintain a policy of increasing oil supply through importation.
The problem that we face know is that we are running out of oil, and fast. Oil has been a big part of our energy over the last 200 years, and it has worked great, by heating our houses and running out cars. But now with oil running out fast we need to turn to a knew source of energy. One that will be more efficient, one that will be clean, one that doesn't require to be thrown away after use, one that we can make free to the public at one point, one that we can use for the rest of out lifetime.
Once upon a time there was Kelly and Matt, both living in the outskirts of Mexico City. They live in a beautiful modern house. They are the only ones that power their house with solar energy and own hybrid cars. Many people criticize them for doing this because the people there are used to power their houses with fossil fuels. The couple knows that fossil fuels make the air quality bad and want to make the effort to soon make the air quality better using alternative energy. The same things happen in the real world, many critics prefer fossil fuels than alternatives, and in many cases criticizing their effort to make the environment better. Fossil fuels include coal, fossils and oil found under the Earth’s crust; it has provided energy worldwide for centuries. However, as time went on, many people recognized that fossil fuels were polluting the environment. Many people in America consider coal as a largely polluting source of energy (Weeks). And these people look forward for new forms of energy. For example, Wind farms, farms that include a large number of wind turbines, started roughly in the early 1980’s to produce tax limiting energy and an effort to end dependence on fossil fuels (Weeks). Other forms of alternative energy have similar characteristics and controversies. These include, Solar, Nuclear, Natural Gas and Water energy produced by dams. However, many suggest that wind energy and all other forms of energy just doesn’t work hard enough to fulfill a nation’s power needs and high taxes (Weeks). Today sevral efforts are being made to incorporate alternative energy. For example,In my school district; Parkway School District, efforts are being made in order to implement solar panels on the roofs of schools and administrativ...