Essay Renewable Energy

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What would happen to our world if our energy unexpectedly disappeared? Fossil fuels are very important to our world because they provide an overwhelming majority of our world energy. So, what happens when they run out? This research paper confronts this question with a balanced view attempting to address the issue of what sources might provide energy in the future and come to an objective conclusion. As the world enters a new century, new sources of energy such as wind, solar, and hydrogen power need to be developed to help the world keep running on all cylinders. With the development of these new energy sources, our world would become a cleaner place and the energy crisis would straighten itself out.
Global Energy: Facts and
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These figures convert into the fact that the United States contains only 5 percent of the global population, but consumes 25 percent of the world's energy. The amount of energy used in the United States alone poses a problem when looking at alternative energy sources. “Renewable energy sources will have to be successful and as plentiful as petroleum to provide the amount of energy needed around the world” (Mathewson, 1999, p. 279-80).
Renewable Energy: Is It Necessary?
Petroleum is at the heart of almost all the energy currently produced. While it is easy to transport and use, many people forget the hazards of using fossil fuels. Over the last century, many environmental problems have been caused by the production and transportation of fossil fuels. Such problems include oil spills that kill animals, pollute the ocean, and make economies crash. An example of this would be the Deepwater Horizon spill in Alaska in the early 90’s and most recently the Gulf spill. Other problems on land have caused massive environmental disasters. Such disasters include large-scale erosion from strip mining and deforestation by mining organizations in search of new deposits of fossil fuels. “Problems caused by the burning of fossil fuels include acid rain that damages forests and contaminates soil, hazardous air pollution, and the suspected global warming effect”(Mathewson, 1999, p. 281).
Over the last twenty years, many scientists and…