When the new hydrogen fuel cell plan is looked at closely it actually uses oil that could be set aside. I feel that Bush’s plan for funding fuel cell research will not solve many of today’s problem regarding oil problems in our country because it could be more efficient and have more immediate effects. Although Bush’s plan could someday make a huge difference in the amount of oil used in the US, there is no way of knowing when any changes will be seen. I feel that something needs to be done to change our oil consumption as soon as possible. A major change would be seen very soon if President Clinton’s plan were to continue being funded.
Opponents of drilling in ANWR cite the environmental problems of off-shore drilling and maintain that this land should be left alone and allowed to stand as an environmental wonder. Given that some environmental groups do not mind allowing technology to invade the environment when it profits them and given the threats of global terror and the ever-increasing dependence our nation has on foreign oil, I believe it is in the best interests of the United States to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil drilling. Before stating both sides of the argument, I would like to make two observations that I found interesting while researching from the book, Taking Sides. The first thing that I found interesting was that in an environmental science class and in an environmental science textbook, the two articles used to present the pros and cons of opening up oil drilling in ANWR were not written by environmentalists or scientists or even oil technology experts, but rather by an economist, a physicist and a lawyer. The second thing that ran through my head as I was reading both articles was the time at which both were written.
A versatile source of energy, geothermal can decrease fossil fuel use in America lowering the financial and military strain put on the country due to its need to protect its interest with foreign and often hostile governments. Taken from the Earth itself, geothermal heat will offer an almost endless supply of energy with a minimal disruption of the environment. Still early in its development, geothermal energy is quickly becoming a competitor as an industrial form of energy finding its niche in the America energy community.
There is a reserve of land for the U.S. government to place renewable energy machines so this is not a problem. The U.S. could stop worrying that a country might shut off trade of petroleum, oil, and not worry about energy again. There are to many benefits to not switch to the alternative fuels listed above. It is clear this cannot happen immediately, it will take some time, but it needs to start happening now. If the U.S. begins researching ways to better these alternative energies, it could solve multiple problems.
In order to protect themselves from damage to the land and accidents that can occur from fracking, landowners should invest in fracking insurance. This way they will be compensated if anything goes wrong. Tax payers have spent a plethora of money on research into alternative energy, however, have not found an alternative energy source that can meet the demand and needs of the country the same way that fossil fuels can. Especially the way the reserves of natural gas can.
Although fracking promises a short-term solution to our need for fossil fuels, as with other attempts to correct the situation, there could possibly be longer-term effects that we will have to pay for in the future. There are not enough legal statutes that can protect people from the problems that fracking can cause. Although fracking poses many threats to our health, out environment and our economy, the process still continues. In an attempt to control fracking and its side effects, governments should do what is necessary to regulate fracking in order to reduce the impacts it can have on the environment, people’s health and the community. Not only should this program be regulated, but there should also be some kind of accountable funding from oil and gas companies to ensure that they will take care of the unavoidable damages that fracking can cause.
America Must Drill for Oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is a very controversial topic. On one end you have the people who want to drill for oil to help out our economy, and on the other end there are the environmentalists and the Alaskan natives who do not want their land destroyed. Our economy needs help; oil prices keep rising, gas prices have reached an all time high, and America is depending too much on foreign trade. Drilling for oil in Alaska will solve these problems. There are ways of drilling without disturbing the environment and keeping the animals in their original habitat.
However, both developments will bring security issues, as arctic countries will compete for such access. "Whether the open access and greater shipping is a benefit to the world is an open book, we are going to produce even more oil and gas and carry it to the world and just enhance the (greenhouse gas) emissions” (Roach); However, the opening up of the new shipping route will cause higher production of fossil fuel and will lead to high greenhouse gas emission, causing the greenhouse effect to be even worse, while produceing no benefit to the environment. Also, some plant physiologists think that global warming will be beneficial. They believe that plants will be able to benefit from warmer temperatures and have better growth, producing more food. On the ot... ... middle of paper ...
Those in favor of Arctic drilling include the Alliance for Energy and Economic Growth, Exxon Mobil and other petroleum companies (Driscoll and Griswold). It is important to drill less for oil in the ... ... middle of paper ... ...elp In anyway possible. Who knows, perhaps some brave group of people will take a stand to the oil companies and maybe even find a way to stop the Arctic oil drillings But for now, there seems to be no hope for the Arctic recovery efforts. Works Cited Driscoll, SallyGriswold, Marcus. "Arctic Drilling: An Overview."
This argument will be followed by an explanation of the technologies that will be put into effect to improve the oil sands’ impact on the environment. Lastl... ... middle of paper ... ...to their respective problems, and as companies that profit off these projects earn money, they are able to reinvest their revenue into advancing research to minimalize the impact on the environment. To summarize, the s could provide Canada with enough oil to become an “energy superpower”, to greatly benefit Canada’s economy, and to supply the world with enough oil to decrease gas prices. Significant environmental obstacles lie in the way. The pipelines, as well as contaminated water ecosystems, such as Base Mine Lake, would help with the mitigation of this on-going problem, but environmentalists believe that the use of these pipelines would further speed the production of the oil sands, making the problem worse.