Energy Is An Essential Resource For The Human Race

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Energy has always been an essential resource to the human race. During simpler times all the energy required for living was obtained through food and fire. However, as humans developed and created new technologies a different type of energy was required. Thus, the first coal powered machines were created such as the steam engine. Over time technology kept improving and became more complex; as a result, the energy needed to power the world increased, but little changed in how it was obtained. The way energy is produced to power the lives on earth has, for the most part, gone unchanged; burning coal. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, coal, or fossil fuels as it is regularly called, supplied approximately 75% of the energy used in the United States in 2014 ("10. Renewable Energy" 150). Until recently this was not considered an issue because fossil fuels provided sufficient energy with no noticeable downside. However, with the realization that fossil fuels will someday run out and evidence of its contribution to climate change; a large majority of scientists believe fossil fuels cannot remain the main contributor of energy for the future. The problem is so dire that Mark A. Delucchi, a research scientist at the University of California, and Mark Z. Jacobson, professor of environmental engineering at Stanford University, declared in an article for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists that “In order to avoid serious environmental and economic damages from
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