Global Climate Change And Creating A Sustainable Energy Future

3428 WordsDec 11, 201414 Pages
Energy efficiency is a key step in reducing our impact on global climate change and creating a sustainable energy future. Electricity production is the number one source of greenhouse gases and the leading cause of industrial air pollution in the United States. Most of our electricity comes from coal, nuclear, and other non-renewable power plants. Producing energy from these types of sources takes a severe toll on the environment by polluting the air, land, and water supply. In order to stop polluting the atmosphere and the environment around us, we must take action and implement the use of renewable resources into our electricity grid and overall economy. Renewable energy can be used to produce electricity with less environmental impacts including zero carbon dioxide production, which is the leading cause of global climate change. Today’s energy policies are directed toward the use of fossil fuels, which needs to be changed in order to live in a cleaner, more efficient environment. The environmental policy today seems to encourage the use of non-renewable resources for example; the United States’ renewable energy resources only compose of 12% of the entire electrical generation mix in comparison to coal at 37% and natural gas at 30% (What Are Non, 2013). In order to fix this current and growing issue, we must implement a way to create clean and renewable energy. First, we must discuss the impacts of fossil fuels on the environment and the planet to emphasize the
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