Over The Past Three Hundred Years, If Not Longer, We As

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Over the past three hundred years, if not longer, we as humans have used fossil fuels as our main source of energy. Fossil fuels such as natural gas, oil, and coal have become an integral part of day-to-day life in every developed country. We come in contact, either directly or indirectly, with fossil fuels everyday, from the transportation we use to go to work or school in the morning up until we plug our phones in before we go to bed at night. Yes, that’s right, even charging your phone or computer indirectly uses fossil fuels, since the electricity going to your home comes from a power plant that burns some form of fossil fuel, whether it be oil, coal, or gas. So, are fossil fuels the best form of energy that our society can acquire in…show more content…
This is an example of how solar energy can be utilized in one’s home to make very noticeable differences in their energy bill. However, solar energy can also be beneficial on a much larger scale.
Harnessing solar energy is a viable method of energy production in the United States. J. Ndumbe Anyu is a professor of Public Administration and Public Policy for the School of Business and Public Administration at the University of the District of Colombia. In a scientific journal he wrote regarding using solar energy in the Sahara Desert, he stated, “The amount of energy the sun pours on the earth surface is more than what the world needs” (Anyu 56). The sun is essentially a giant ball of energy that radiates its energy out in the form of heat and light. This energy could be harnessed using solar panels and be converted into electrical energy to power homes, or even cities. While this may not be viable for all cities in the United States, as some parts of the country experience very cloudy seasons, a substantial number of cities receive more than enough sunlight to meet energy needs. Opponents to using solar energy would say it is expensive to implement solar panels into neighborhoods or cities, and therefore expensive to utilize solar energy. In an article titled “Solar Industry Facts and Figures”, the Solar Energy Industries Association stated, “The cost to
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