Investigating Your Community 's Source Of Energy

2325 Words May 4th, 2016 10 Pages
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U5: M5- A1: Examining Your Community’s Source of Energy
The transition from fossil fuel to renewable resources would take a lot of time, money, and politics. However if we use a multi-source energy network and add in the renewable resources as we slowly take out the fossil fuel ones then it will help the transition better. “Powerful political skirmishes over energy sources and increasing awareness of the environmental impact of pollution are necessitating a transition to a renewable energy network.” Western States being large in population and using the most resources should be first to start this transitioning stage.
“In fact, 60% of U.S. electricity is generated by coal, 20% by nuclear power, and 10% by natural gas. The U.S. transportation sector is nearly 97% dependent on oil. More importantly, our country imports about 59% of its gross total oi1, 8 and 23% of our oil comes from Persian Gulf countries.” Kimberling City, MO is currently powered by White River Valley Electric Cooperative in Stone County. Being a Cooperation they get their electric from solar panels projects, Hydro-electric facilities, coal from Arkansas, and are working on going green in the future. White River Valley Electric has a green program where you pay so much a month and they will use that money to go green. Coal would be the only one that really produces pollution and damage to the earth. Propane Tanks are found all over the area I live in. Septic Tank and Effluent Pump (STEP) systems are…
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