Next, if we build a clean energy economy, investing in more industries that help to be efficient for example: solar panels, the use of less paper, more electric trains. Solar panels, are a great source of power, if you install one small panel
Indeed, if we are to combat global warming, of course we need to stop the rampant use of fossil fuels. In its place, the grand vision and hope is to transition our economy from relying on fossil fuels to using renewable energy sources. (This becomes an additionally pressing issue for those who are concerned with the U.S.’s “soft power” as China vies to become the world leader in clean energy.)
In the year 2013, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the United States consumed a staggering 6.89 billion barrels of oil (U.S.EIA). Which in fact, equates to 18.89 million barrels being consumed every single day. That is a vast amount of petroleum products being consumed on a daily national level. If the calculation is made, based on a barrel equaling forty two gallons, it would come out to 289,583,700,000 gallons per year, or 793,380,000 gallons per day. The amount is incredible, almost unbelievable. If the United States continues its use of oil at this rate, the supply will only last another forty years. With more and more cars being on the road and operating machinery performing tasks, the supply of petroleum will not be able to meet demand forever. As our use of fossil fuels increases, so does our need for a new source of renewable energy.
Earth is the fifth largest planet in the solar system spanning 3,959 miles in diameter and is home to more than seven billion living people. The majority of the population consumes at least some form of energy and almost all of that energy is produced from petroleum resources which are not only non-renewable, but harmful to the only planet in universe known as habitable and capable of sustaining life. Establishing a greener nation means changes will have to be made to the Unites States government, altering current programs and policies and even creating new ones in order to pave the way for the U.S. to become the first country that runs solely on renewable energy.
This paragraph will look at how President-elected Donald Trump can become the “Make America Great Again” President through the use of environmental policy. The Obama Administration has made real progress in developing a wide range of initiatives that reduce greenhouse gas emissions through clean energy policies. In 2009, “President Obama set aggressive energy and sustainability goals for the federal government
Comedian Robert Orben joked, “There is so much pollution in the air now that if it weren’t for our lungs there’d be no place to put it all.” As Homer Simpson famously said, this joke is “funny because it’s true.” The pollution of Earth has been going on for decades, but recently scientists have been pushing very hard for practices that do not harm our planet. In 2006, the first Environmental Performance Index (EPI) was published, ranking countries on how well they are protecting Earth with their policies and practices. Who doesn’t love a little competition? One would think America would love a competition, looking at their competitive market economy. But America is not faring well in this environmental competition.
First of all, trying to solve the problem of pollution is a waste of money. The United States might be the only one that cooperates for the money and some other countries would not want to be involved. This might produce tax burden for the people in the United States.
Till this day the U.S. still goes through a lot of influence over the world, and remains to be the dominant power. I believe that a green revolution or renewal in the US and for the US economy could very well help the US regain some of it’s lost power and preponderance, as well as benefit the global effort to cut back on fossil fuel emissions. Global energy shifts are usually associated with a shift in global hegemonic power, in the case of the US I believe they could reassert their dominance by introducing an economy based off renewable resources, and perhaps cause a global energy shift and a reaffirmation of power at the same time. If commercial and social factors are in fact more important than technical factors it is not a matter of whether America can be the leader in the green revolution, it is a matter of whether America is willing to be the leader or not. I believe with the proper research and commercialization of going green with the economy, the US could make green technology competitive enough against fossil fuels such as oil and coal to shift to sustainable energy altogether. For example, historically we see a shift from biomass to coal in the 19th century because of political, commercial, and even social factors. The United States had a clear abundance of
1) Are you aware of the amount of waste you create each day? I do not believe anyone is completely aware of the amount of waste they generate on a daily basis. It is such a natural action – throw something in the trash – that it is automatic and done without much or any consideration as to where it goes, where it came from, or where will it ultimately go or become. I do recycle and compost when possible, but that too becomes a process that sometime appears moot because products are being made from materials that do not qualify or require special centers for recycling.1 We have become a “use it and throw it away” society.
What are the problems with America currently today? One problem we have faced in America is environmental pollutions. Environmental pollutions are the harmful filth in the air, we breathe everyday. Perhaps we do not notice them as we breathe. Some filth is seen from a far distance. Factory filth is the main pollution producer in the USA now.
Pollution is a major problem globally and it becomes greater as the human population continues to rise exponentially. One of the major problems with increased population is higher waste production, which creates increased air, soil, and water pollution. To resolve this problem waste reduction must be of primary importance in preventing and reducing pollution. Waste management can be an expensive undertaking if not managed correctly so sustainable practices must be addressed. While pollution prevention and reduction programs can be expensive if not managed correctly, waste reduction is essential for the reduction and prevention of pollution.
There are many problems facing the world today. One of the biggest issues facing future state leaders is the management of environmental threats to the United States’ land, water and air quality.
The United States is the second largest producer of greenhouse gases in the world, and yet is doing very little to fix this startling statistic (Dennis). The US’ reliance upon outdated energy sources continues to harm both the environment and the economy by producing millions of tonnes of pollution every year and costing the government billions of dollars (“Fact Sheet: Clean Power Plan”). Fossil fuels have been the main energy sources in America since the industrial revolution, and it is time to make a change. Renewable energy is energy harnessed from sources like the sun, wind, or water, and has little to no negative effects on the environment (“Renewable Energy Technology Basics”). The United States needs to integrate and increase the use of these types of energy across the country, as well as implement positive environmental policies, to prevent further pollution of the earth and combat the effects of climate change.
As the world population rises, we are using more and more energy and it is depleting faster than ever. Our fossil fuels (coal, oil and natural gas) will not last forever and at some point we will have to switch over completely to renewable energy sources. While most of the world still uses non-renewable energy sources, the future will rely on renewable energy and its applications. Right now, over 90% of the world still uses fossil fuels and developing countries even burn wood to generate energy. At the rate we are using our fossil fuels, they will not last us far into the 22nd century. Additionally, big consumers of fossil fuels like China, U.S., Russia, and India are creating large amounts of pollution and it is only increasing. For instance, India has major issues with pollution because of heavy traffic (which releases more fuel emissions into the air), the burning of biomass (wood and other organic matter), and runoff into lakes and rivers. Right now, our biggest goal should be to figure out how to implement more forms of renewable energy in our own society. We should start using renewable energy in America because: it is more environmentally friendly, opens up the job market, and improves the health of the public.
For my sustainable society I redesigned the central United States and set up new rules, regulations and a code of responsibility for U.S citizens to start abiding by in order to become sustainable by reducing carbon emissions and becoming more of a community based society. I choose to do the U.S because I thought I was an interesting task to think about what it would take to make a sustainable society out of our own country. The U.S is the second top producer of CO2 emissions in the world and it directly correlates without dependency on fossil fuels for producing energy. (EPA, 2008). This is why my first thought about creating a sustainable society out of the U.S then we would have to greatly reduce, and if not that, totally abolish natural gas production in the U.S. Obviously in a real life setting this would seem that it would tear the country apart however I think the solution would be to start encouraging and rewarding those individuals and organizations that a using renewable energy and give them things such as take breaks and government funding. At the same time we would need to stop subsidizing gas slowly over time in order to make it more appealing to the average American to switch from natural gas. Renewable energy companies would be able to create enough jobs to replace those in the natural gas industry. According to the International Renewable Energy Association renewable energy has already created over 7.7 million jobs worldwide (IRENA, 2016). The U.S gas and oil