Renewable Energy : Solar Energy

2471 Words Nov 21st, 2014 10 Pages
Samantha Snyder
PS 471
November 17, 2014

Solar Energy Policy Solar Energy has amazing potential as a primary source of energy with a host of benefits. The sun provides vast amounts of free renewable energy that should be harnessed. A realistic Solar Energy Policy should be defined and pursued vigorously. The capture of the sun’s energy is underway but supplies only a small fraction of our current energy requirements. Non-renewable sources of energy have been the primary source of energy production throughout the industrialized world. Fossil fuel technology drives most of our economy. We power our cities, industries, and cars with petroleum based products such as gas and heating oil. In some areas there is still reliance from coal to generate power and heat. One downside if we keep using non-renewable resources there is a chance we could deplete these resources. Solar radiation could be seen as an ideal energy source, as it is abundant, free and essentially limitless. Shifting from non-renewable resources to renewable resources could be beneficial to our society. Just as certain climate factors affect air pollution, air pollution can alter the climate. Global warming has transitioned into global climate change, shifting from average weather conditions as a result of natural and human factors. Predominantly caused by human activity, the formation of an aggressive solar energy policy would help to reduce both pollution and it reduce the dependence on imported fuels. This…
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