Alternative Energy

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Are alternative energy sources the answer to ending human dependence on oil?
September 24, 2012

Are alternative energy sources the answer to ending human dependence on oil? Right now there is no one substitute for oil because we use it for a variety of things. We can use alternative sources in areas to preserve or conserve our usage of oil. We use to use wood for fires and light. Then in the industrial revolution we began to use coal. “Coal can provide much more energy over longer periods than wood or any other biomass product. Forests were also diminishing in many regions because they were being consumed for fuel.” (Eric McLamb). Edwin L. Drake drilled the world’s first oil well in 1859 and launched the petroleum industry. Bach then
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Maybe if they did a payment schedule on buying them rather than leasing it would attract even more people. Solar panels take up a lot of space but they don’t need to. You can put PV on your roof, the roof of your business, garages, covered bridges and tunnels. If you decided not to do any of these the entire U.S. could be powered by using 4/10 of one percent of U.S. land (http://www.geokingsolar.com/faq_pv.html#Q50). This is mainly because the technology has improved so much. There is still the issue of places that don’t get a lot of sunlight, such as Alaska where it is dark half of the year. I’m sure in the years to come we will find a way to either use our existing power lines or create new ones to allow us to power areas that get less light with those that get more sunlight. Wind turbines require a lot of space and a lot of turbines to produce power but who says they have to be on land. Horns Rev 1 located in Denmark is one of the world’s largest off shore wind farms. “Biologists compared a recent survey of fish at Horns Rev 1 with an 8-year-old study conducted prior to construction of the 160-megawatt installation, and found most to be thriving. Some species actually increased in number.” (Bob Petz). They have found that the turbines steadied by rocks create a reef like haven and have created a more diverse biome. Wind turbines also require wind which some areas don’t get a lot of. You need
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