Renewable Energy Sources

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A flick of a light switch and the spark of an engine are everyday activities that we take for granted. What if the world ran out of the resources used to make these activities possible? What if heating your house was not a simple task that could be done by pressing a button? This could be the case if we continue to use nonrenewable energy resources. The article, Energy Resources states that the use of these resources "is increasing at an unprecedented rate due to the rapid industrialization of a number of formerly third world countries." At this rate, the oil sand and oil shales will undoubtedly be cleared out in the future, along with the coal mines. Many of the necessities we rely on use these resources, and would be no longer able to function. Driving a car would be impossible without gas made from oil, and heating your house would be a hassle without burning coal. Once these resources are gone, the world population will be in serious trouble. Luckily, there are alternative resources available that utilize the renewable resources on Earth. Sources like wind, sun, biomass, and geothermal energy will always be available for humans to use and will never threaten the everyday normalcy of people's lives. With so many benefits and unlimited supply, why haven't more individuals implement these new alternative energy sources? Why Non-Renewable Energy is Easier While some people are taking advantage of the ability to go green, others agree with Chairman of the Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, Tad Patzek and Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University, David Pimentel, when they say that "solar cells, wind turbines, and biomass-for-energy plantations can never replace even a small fraction of the highly reliable, 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year, nuclear, fossil, and hydroelectric power stations" (Paztek, Pimentel). They argue that these alternative sources are not as efficient at providing energy because in reality, these renewable energy sources are not large scale enough to compete with the normal carbon-emitting fuels. For instance, gasoline refined from crude oil is still the cheapest form of energy for our automobiles and the most accessible, so more people will use it. Also, trying to set up a field of solar panels would be much more difficult and time consuming than using fossil fuels for electricity. Ea... ... middle of paper ... ...will help not only America, but all of mankind and especially the environment. Works Cited "Energy Resources - Are We Running Out?" Energy Consumers Edge.Web. 21 March 2012. . Galbraith, Kate. "Installing Solar, One Panel at a Time - NYTimes.com." Energy and Environment - Green Blog - NYTimes.com.Web. 21 March 2012. . "How Much Do Wind Turbines Cost? | Windustry." Community Wind Across America | Windustry.Web. 21 March 2012. . "HowStuffWorks "Have We Reached Peak Oil?""HowStuffWorks "Science."Web. 21 March 2012. . Renewable & Non-Renewable Energy Sources.Web. 21 March 2012. . "Renewable Energy."Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia.Web. 21 March 2012. . "Top 10 Pros and Cons."Alternative Energy - ProCon.org.Web. 21 March 2012. .
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