It seems like everything we use involves electricity. Our lives revolve around electricity and without it our world would be in a hullabaloo. As our days go on our electricity output increases and our Fossil Fuel storage decrease. “We can thank Fossil Fuels for providing over 80% of our energy we use around the world.” (CNN Wire) As we look ahead to our future, we have to find another source to get our energy. Renewable energy comes into play because according to several scientists, easily retracted fossil fuels will be used up during the 21st century.
One of the most compelling and difficult environmental problems society is facing today is climate change. People do not realize how much the environment has changed for the worse in the last ten years, until they are told that the last two decades of the 20th century have been the hottest in the last 400 years, according to climate studies (Conserve Energy Future). Today the carbon dioxide levels have reached 396.81 parts per million (ppm). “Carbon dioxide (CO2) has also increased over the last 100 years-- from about 300 ppm to 370 ppm. Interestingly, the majority of these additions have occurred in the last 50 years, when temperature increases have been slowest” (geocraft).
Since then, the U.S. has used oil more and more each year as we research more efficient ways to harvest, transport, and burn it. The only way the United States will shift away from oil is if a better energy source arises or oil causes more complications than convenience. “The iron age didn’t end because the world... ... middle of paper ... ... the South quit the Union was Congress able to act. In 1862, in the midst of a civil war and with only half a country from which to draw resources, work began.” (Stein, 2006) The United States needs to make up it’s mind now on renewable resources, and it needs to make up it’s mind fast. Works Cited Stein, Steve.
As a result of the oil shortage, the standard of living deteriorates. Heat in homes, supermarkets full of food, and transportation, all basic necessities taken for granted, will be depleted because fossil fuels are used to power almost everything. The key to the prevention of this future is renewable energy. Unfortunately the support for the use of renewable energy is weak and ineffective. Unless the US puts forth effort to research and promote the use of renewable energy to consumers, conversion from fossil fuels to renewable energy will no longer be an option.
In today’s technological era, people have an incredibly high demand for electricity. Therefore, we have many different kinds of power plants all over the world, such as fossil-fuel power station, solar power station, and wind power station, etc. However, the potentially catastrophic global warming effects caused by fossil fuels, the staggering costs of solar power, and the unstable resource of wind power drive people to seek a more low-cost yet carbon-free way to generate electricity. In the early 20th century, scientists discovered nuclear energy. Although, nuclear power is not completely pollution-free, it is considered a zero-emission energy source.
In fact the first documented usages of solar-conversion are found in the writings of Homer (Iliad and the... ... middle of paper ... ...e energy needs. As Frank Shuman declared more than 80 years ago, it is "the most rational source of power." Work Cited: History of Solar Energy. Broadcast on Sun. 16/12/00.