Essay about Renewable Vs. Non-Renewable Energy Resources

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Renewable Vs. Non-renewable Energy Resources: Environmental and Economical Advantages and Disadvantages

Imagine a life without washing machines, dryers, refrigerators, computers, televisions, lights, and cars. Imagine a planet so polluted that smog is in the air so bad that one cannot see very far, lakes and streams are poisoned, and land so badly scarred from people trying to find more energy sources. One day this may be a reality if we do not do something to change how we use our energy resources. This may be the case if society keeps using non-renewable energy resources at its current consumption rate. Our saving grace may be the development and use of using renewable energy resources. Renewable sources not only will help our planet
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Water vapor is not harmful to the environment but carbon dioxide and ash are. Carbon dioxide and ash are pollutants, which cause problems in nature. When too much ash gets in the atmosphere, it can cause smog, which in excess can limit visibility. The carbon dioxide that is produced is harmful to humans and other animals but the main problem with carbon dioxide is it increases what is known as greenhouse gases. Greenhouse gases block the sun’s light from escaping the planet. Without the escaping light, the temperature of the Earth increases. With the temperature increase, weather patterns are changed and polar ice caps can melt.

Economy
Converting these resources into usable energy requires money. Money is required to obtain them, to ship them, and to convert them. This conversion costs money to build the equipment for converting it, money for parts when something breaks, to maintain it, and to clean the equipment. Some parts cost a substantial amount of money to make or in some cases ship in. As one can see, non-renewable energy resources are expensive.

It is expensive to maintain the equipment, so that it operates at peak efficiency. The same goes for cleaning the equipment. When the equipment gets too dirty parts go bad more rapidly so cleaning it helps to prevent wear and tear on the parts. Once these parts get too bad they need to be replaced. Replacement parts for some equipment can be expensive.

Another…