By using imported oil for our main energy source, the U.S. constantly finds itself struggling with major economic issues if the price starts to go up. This is all in light of the fact that a large percent of the world’s oils and fossil fuels come out of the Middle East, one of the most unstable and unsafe regions on the planet. As seen in the past, any complications in this area end up equating to serious fluctuations in oil prices which in turn directly correlate to our economy’s performance. In addition to these disadvantages, the burning of fossil fuels has a tremendous negative impact on the environment due to its massive carbon dioxide emissions and pollution output. This is why it is crucial to discover and use renewable energy sources.
This limits to what could actually be the new and improved energy source that the human race turns to because if it was easy to figure out and use then it would have already been done. The technology improvements though have allowed the path for a new type of energy though that is starting to catch on fast; this new energy is renewable energy. This type of energy will never run out and is better for the environment because it is using natural things and just making energy out of it. Solar, wind, and hydro power are three major types of renewable energy sources that have started to lead the way in this movement of change, the only question is if they are actually cheaper, more effective, and easier to use. The first example of a source of renewable energy is solar energy.
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It will also become harder and more dangerous to extract fossil fuels as companies like Exxon and Marathon are required to drill deeper for more oil (“Activity 3 – Fossil Fuels – The pros and cons”). This will cause fuel costs to rise (“Activity 3 – Fossil Fuels – The pros and cons”). There are many alternatives to fossil fuels that can provide sustainable energy. Nuclear energy supplies six percent of the world’s energy (McLamb). Nuclear energy is gathered through a pr... ... middle of paper ... ...ting precious resources on cars and electricity when they are needed to make new materials, and to power equipment for medical research (“Activity 3 – Fossil Fuels – The pros and cons”).
“The U.S. cannot afford to invest and lock itself into many more decades of reliance on the dirty and unstainable sources of energy of the past” (Yang n.p.). Renewable energy such as solar, wind and hydro power do not give off pollution like fossil fuels do. If we were to switch to renewable energy we would eventually stop global warming and live healthier lives. “Clean-tech is a fast growing global industry that holds the potential to fix our current climate and other environmental challenges”(Yang n.p.). Unfortunately the renewable energy technology is not as affordable as fossil fuel technology, which is one of the reasons why we are using fossil fuels.
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Despite the minor setbacks of biofuels in the beginning, with some time and dedication biofuels will be worth converting over to from oil. Converting over to biofuels will eventually change life as Americans know it. It will transform society into a much more energy efficient, green, and healthy place to grow as humans. Unfortunately, many people argue that converting from oils over to biofuels is a waste of time, and will later have no effect on the planet. However, research shows that if the people in general society start working together and changing the way they live their lives one by one, those individuals will eventually create a positive change for the world.
As gas prices steadily rise, people need a newer, cleaner source of energy. The alternatives are numerous and would be beneficial to the well being of the whole world. The human race must replace its fossil fuel use with renewable resources in order to prosper economically and to improve the world ecologically. Renewable resources are much cleaner and more ecologically friendly than fossil fuels. Renewable sources of energy do not pollute the environment and also do not release toxic carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
It is extremely expensive it cost $109.97 per gallon to mine or drill petroleum it is also very dangerous. A hole used to mine petroleum is known as an oil well. Petroleum usually comes out of the ground on its own due to high pressure, but once the high pressure dies out, People use pumps to get the oil from the ground. (Khanna, 2012) Petroleum has two different names with two different prices. One is for WTI and the other is Burnt Crude Oil.