How Do Energy Coursing Through The Twenty First Century?
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Have you ever wondered how energy just… happens? We used to burn wood in furnaces to warm our houses, but in recent years we have switched into a modern world of air conditioning and indoor heating. We plug our chargers into the wall when we sleep and our iPhones and laptops are fully charged the next morning. Oil lamps and stoves have become things of the past. We used to know exactly where warmth and light came from, but with all these new advances and inventions, we’re not so sure. So again, how does energy happen? There are many types of energy coursing through the twenty-first century, but one of the most prominent ways to harness energy is by burning natural gases. This is very similar to my earlier example of an oil lamp or a gas…show more content… This procedure is simple, effective, cheap, clean, and even creates new jobs within America to lower the unemployment rate. What’s not to love? Well, remember when I mentioned the natural gases being forced up to earth’s surface? They aren’t the only gases released into our atmosphere. Methane, a greenhouse gas that can cause global warming, is released. You see, greenhouse gases such as carbon or methane absorb the heat that the sun shines onto the earth. When this happens, the earth takes on more heat than it gives off. This causes the earth to slowly heat up more and more, and may cause the artic caps to melt and flood the earth someday in the distant future. Methane has been proven to absorb heat eighty times more than carbon. According the a paper published by the researchers at Princeton University, abandoned hydraulic fracturing sites in Pennsylvania were still emitting an average of 0.6 lb of methane a day. (Reuters, 2015) This seems like a small amount of methane at first glance, but when you consider the thousands of drilling sites around America, this number becomes worrisome. Could the new methane emissions caused by hydraulic fracturing make global warming a reality? Louis W. Allstadt, retired vice president of well-known oil corporation, Mobil, stated in an interview, “20, 30, 100 years down the road we don 't know how much methane is going to be making its way up. And if you do hundreds of thousands of wells, there 's a