Solar energy is capable of becoming the world's future power supply because, it is renewable, eco-friendly, and extremely efficient when strategically placed. Solar energy is clean energy that does not affect our environment. Solar power utilizes the sun’s energy to produce electricity, unlike other sources of energy, which rely on continual mining for raw materials. Consequently, producing solar energy from the heat from the sun does not result into the annihilation of the ecosystem, compared to the extraction of fossil fuels (Bode, 2005). Therefore, with the use of solar energy, it will help keep the environment clean, thus help to combat the issue of global warming, which is a threat to the world’s ecosystem worldwide.
In the future un-renewable resources, like fossil fuels, will be non-existent. “Fossil fuels currently account for 83% of the U.S. energy supply” (LePoire, 2011). The U.S. is fighting a battle to reduce the amount of fossil fuels it uses, which is currently at a staggeringly large level. As well as not being a renewable resource, fossil fuels are a heavy contributor to CO2 emissions and the effect they have on global climate change (Pollin, Wicks-Lim & Garrett-Peltier, 2009).When fossil fuels do deplete completely, there has to be something to take the place of that energy production. In comes renewable, green, alternative energy.
They include air pollution, light pollution, noise pollution and water pollution etc. Energy production from fossil fuels creates different pollution problems too. For Pollution will deteriorate and cause catastrophic effect to future generations and earth if actions are not taken to address impacts caused by various forms of pollution. Fossil fuels such as oils and coals are primary culprits of air pollution thru carbon emission when used to generate electricity or energy. There are alternative forms of clean energy with less pollution impact to earth.
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This growth is attributed to the growth of population sizes, infrastructure development and rollout. Conventional energy sources are depleting and the environmental effects of their usage are devastating. The changing climate conditions can be linked directly or indirectly to today’s patterns of energy production. The over reliance on fossil fuels has been under fire from environmentalists and governments around the world are beginning to change policies to encourage the use of renewable energy. One example worth stating here is the introduction of carbon emission tax, which has been delayed here in South Africa until 2015.
Introduction Renewable energy is considered a revolutionary thing, something that can save us from peak oil and climate change, but is it really what it seems? Renewable energy can help ease our predicament. There are multiple ways to achieve this, including the use of newer, greener technologies such as wind, solar power, and biomass. The purpose of this paper is to educate, theorize, and discuss various aspects of renewable energy, such as its history, development, and the advantages and disadvantages of renewable energy. Ultimately, my personal reflection on renewable energy and, energy in general will be discussed.
The Road to a New Economy: Why Alternative Energy is the Best Option for the Planet Carbon dioxide and other hazardous fumes in the Earth’s atmosphere are the leading causes of climate change. Alternative energy resources should be more commonly used because consumers will save money in the long run, the environment will be cleaner, and a new generation of technology will begin. “A century and a half of burning fossil fuels has released 360 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the air and shifted the global climate. Reliance on imported petroleum also threatens America’s economy and national security. These challenges could soon trigger another radical transition, this time toward renewable energy sources like solar, wind, hydroelectric, and geothermal” (Powell 56).
This is natural sunlight that is captured and transformed to power the electricity in homes by installing solar power panels. Resources that are needed to power an eco friendly home are important and the need for inexpensive and easy access ones is vital. The sun is the most common and most admired resource to use due to its variety of usage. The sun has a variety of possibilities that it could be used to transfer into electricity and even for hot water procedures. Another reason why it is the most common is because it is the easiest to install and obtain, and also, saves humans the most amount of money.