Fossil Fuels And Global Warming

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The world right now is facing a major disaster if our habits don’t change. Fossil fuels dominate our energy demand and at our current rate this will remain true for quite some time. The World Energy outlook claims that by 2030 84% of our energy demands will be fulfilled by fossil fuels (Shafiee et al, 181). It is believed that we possess the reserves to meet our demands until 2030 (Shafiee et al, 181) but the cost will increase as time goes on. Fossil fuels are a non-renewable resource, meaning that once we run out of what’s currently available, we cannot replenish it. Our future energy needs are heavily dependent on a non-renewable and quickly depleting energy source.
The issue of fossil fuels running out is only one
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2 degrees may not sound like a huge temperature change but it is enough to completely change ecosystems and rapidly melt glaciers and snow fall on mountains such as Mount Hood.
In Portland many efforts are being taken to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. One of the most common forms of renewable energy currently is solar. There are many companies in Portland that sell solar solutions such as Solar Oregon and Sun Run. Portland General Electric also offers programs like Green Future Solar and Green Source, which allow you to only purchase energy produced by renewables. The energy provided by the green source plan is a majority of wind power, with a small percentage being provided by solar and geothermal. PGE has had a great response to these plans and according to the US Department of Energy they are number 1 in renewable energy sold among power companies in the US. There are also a claimed 17,000 households in Oregon that have solar energy systems. The push to purchase these plans and install solar panels on homes and businesses is leading to a decreased reliance on traditional power plants, which rely heavily on fossil fuels and coal to provide the necessary energy. A reduced usage of these fuels leads to a less dramatic warming effect and a much smaller carbon footprint.
These programs have been effective, but a stronger push to use renewables is still needed. The costs of
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