Energy and The Environment: The Future of Oil

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There are many environmental issues today that present global controversy. The only way for these problems to come to a resolution is for people around the world to learn about the problems and try to figure out the best solution. In today’s society there are multiple ways to get information. Weeding through these sources and finding the correct information is very difficult. A goal for our nation and world is to become environmentally sustainable. To reach this goal there are a lot of things that need to happen. One very important step in reaching the goal is that people need to be educated and aware of the problem. Another step is that the public should be informed and included in the decision-making on governmental policies. Our goal is to reach sustainability. Studies have shown that direct energy use per person is decreasing on an individual level. Unfortunately, our total energy use is rising due to materialistic needs. Our product consumption is increasing so therefore our need for oil is also rising. While each individual person might be using less energy the production of these goods that we want uses even more energy. In order to run our cars we need oil. Gone are the days of getting oil easily out of the ground. We now use more complicated and more dangerous methods of getting oil. These methods are not only more hazardous but ironically, they also use even more energy to produce the by-product. In the article “ The Future Oil” the author states that to manufacture a barrel of oil from oil-sand crude usually has a 10% to 15% larger carbon footprint than to manufacture that barrel from normal crude oil. This causes more environmental issues that need to be examined. Throughout the text Humans In the Landscape we have... ... middle of paper ... ...o understand that this is real life and the world is heating up at an alarming pace. We will lose lives in humans and in other species if we do not change. By finding more oil and new ways of getting oil we are just putting off the inevitable truth that the oil will soon not be economically or environmentally worth the risks. We need to put our faith in new alternative resources. We need to invest in solar, wind, and biofuels…anything that can be used to help our planet. By educating our people of the problems we face and having them look not into just instant gratification but into the future we can help to save our planet from ourselves. Works Cited "Climate Crisis Maldives." PBS. PBS, 29 Nov. 2009. Web. 27 Apr. 2014. United States. National Park Service. "Island Fox." National Parks Service. U.S. Department of the Interior, 18 Apr. 2014. Web. 27 Apr. 2014.

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