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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This also costs much money to dig or drill, clean or extract these sources, and to ship them out to other companies.

Renewable Energy Resources
Pollution
Renewable energy resources are clean because they not only come from the environment but there is no need to change chemically the source in order to get usable energy. The sun for instance gives off heat, which warms our planet. This same heat can be used to warm water pipes, which can heat a business or home. This definitely requires no equipment to acquire this energy. The sun as a resource can also excite particles in a solar collector. According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, solar collectors are various devices used in the absorption of solar radiation to heat water or produce electricity, (Dictionary and Thesauras - Marriam-Webster Online, 2007-2008). These excited particles generate electricity. There does not necessarily have to be direct sunlight, for this process. Even on a cloudy day, energy can be produced though lower than on a sunny day. Since the sun will be here for another million to billion years from now this process can continue forever. Using the sun as an energy source means that no pollution will be generated from it being converted into usable energy.

Wind power is another renewable energy source. Wind is generated from the sun heating the Earth. Humans have been harnessing the power in wind for hundreds of years. Humans have used it
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