Alternative Energy Sources For Fossil Fuels

1874 WordsDec 8, 20148 Pages
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, from the time we are born until the time we die we are consuming energy. Currently the majority of this energy comes from fossil fuels (i.e. coal, natural gas, and oil). Fossil fuels made up eighty-seven percent of the energy consumed worldwide in 2012 (Gonzalez & Lucky). There are many people who do not believe there is an energy crisis, or that there is anything wrong with depending on fossil fuels, however fossil fuels are non-renewable, which means once they are gone we are unable to create more. In addition, the carbon that is located in fossil fuels and released from when used for energy, contributes to the rising global temperature (Maehlum, 2013). This is not the only detrimental effect of fossil fuels, but is perhaps the most serious. The alternate option is to use alternative energy sources (i.e. wind, solar, nuclear, and hydroelectric). These sources are considered renewable, because they are able to replenish and restore themselves over a short period of time (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency). These sources involve using specialized technology to harness Earth’s natural energy and convert it into a form that we are able to use. While alternative energy sources can still have a slight effect on the environment, they generally have less of an impact than fossil fuels (Union of Concerned Scientists). They also have many benefits including creating more jobs, making energy more affordable, and requiring less material
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