Renewable energy is the future, and we should embrace it. The planet we live on is teeming with so many untapped renewable energy sources. These include energy from the sun, water, wind, geothermal sources, and even biomass sources such as the use of ethanol from corn. (Renewable Energy Sources in the United States) While these are all great sources of alternative energy, I want to focus mainly on solar energy. My question is why aren’t more of our cars, homes, and businesses running on solar power? Many other countries have started to use several if not all of these renewable energy sources, yet we have barely begun to tap into the very tip of the iceberg when it comes to renewable energy. So why are we, United States of America as a whole, still stuck in the old world thinking of non-renewable fossil fuels? We have a very bright future ahead of us indeed if we simply pick up the pace on even only one of the many renewable sources.
Solar power for instance is one of the most popular and easiest of all of the renewable energy sources to harness, especially for home and business uses. (Galbraith) For around the same ...
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...ly overcome our financial security, but also, maybe even more importantly, protect our environment so that future generations may enjoy the beauty of raw nature.
Almasy, Steve. “Solar Cars still a way off” January 28, 2009
Galbraith, Kate. “Solar Energy” Feb. 19, 2009
Lewis, Jaye. “Harness Solar Power for Your Home and Garden”
Raven, Peter, and Linda Berg. Environment 5th Edition. New Jersey: Wiley, 2006
“Renewable Energy Sources in the United States” September 17, 2009
“Solar Power” September 30, 2009
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