The Energy Crisis: Traditional Energy vs. Renewable Energy

729 Words2 Pages

In the debate of traditional energy vs. renewable energy the clear winner is renewable energy. Renewable energy is vastly superior over traditional energy because it decreases dependence on foreign resources, produces no emissions, and is not limited in quantity. Opponents of renewable energy are likely to argue that this is not the case and that instead, traditional energy is better because it creates job growth, is reliable during all hours and climates, and comes with a lower cost. These advantages however are either misconstrued or hardly outweigh the long-term positive benefits of renewable energy. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, over half of the oil used in the USA is imported. Most of this imported oil is located in the middle east and is controlled by OPEC members. Subsequent oil price shocks and price manipulation by OPEC have cost our economy dearly—about $1.9 trillion from 2004 to 2008—and each major shock was followed by a recession (Reduce). We may never be able to fully eliminate our need to import oil, but we can reduce cartel market control and the economic impact of price shocks by reducing our demand (Reduce). One way we can reduce our reliance on oil is through investing in renewable energy. Solar power, wind power, and hydro power are all forms of energy which come from renewable resources. Unlike oil, solar, wind and hydro electric power is abundant and can be obtained locally. In addition to the fact that solar, wind, and hydro power are local resources, they are also emission free resources. Emissions and pollution are a key concern with traditional power sources. The coal-fired plants that dominate U.S. energy production also produce more emissions than any other energy source. “Em... ... middle of paper ... ...icas-future-job-growth-lies-in-traditional-energy-industries/>. Mulkern, Anne C. "Oil and Gas Interests Set Spending Record for Lobbying in 2009." The New York Times. 2 Feb. 2010. Web. 18 Oct. 2011. . "Reduce Oil Dependence Costs." Fuel Economy. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 18 Oct. 2011. Web. 18 Oct. 2011. . "Renewable Energy." Reliable Prosperity. Ecotrust. Web. 18 Oct. 2011. . Walls-Thumma, Dawn. "Traditional Energy Sources vs. Green Power Sources | National Geographic." National Geographic. June 2011. Web. 18 Oct. 2011. .

More about The Energy Crisis: Traditional Energy vs. Renewable Energy

Open Document