Sci 207 Week 3 Discussion 1

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Switching from the expensive oil to alternative fuels has moved from a dream to reality. Today, there are dozens of alternatives to oil that are currently available us to be used. One alternative to oil that is being used more today is ethanol. Derived from plant materials, ethanol can be a cheaper, cleaner alternative to the gasoline that our vehicles run off. When going to gas pumps, one will notice that much of the gasoline is up to 10 percent of ethanol. According to our text, most ethanol in the U.S. is made from corn, yet ethanol can be made from any biomes-- including garbage. (Turk & Bensel, 2011) Another alternative to oil being used is solar energy. Everyone knows that the sun is the most important source of energy to our…show more content…
Where I live there is quite a few homes that have solar panels. During the hail storm many of them had to have their panels re-installed. When it comes to the government, when planning for peak oil and climate change they have to identify the expected and potential impacts so that recommendations can be tailored for maximum effect. Governments should not only look at developing public transit and other land-use and infrastructure changes that may be needed for reducing fossil-fuel use, but should also carefully evaluate large investments in roads, airports, and other infrastructure dependent on fossil fuels. At a minimum, governments need to consider scenarios with much higher fuel prices than exist today when running models to determine demand for various options.The lead government body (e.g, the city council) should establish benchmarks and continually monitor how peak oil and climate change are unfolding and affecting the community, to see what adjustments to the plan are warranted. ICLEI –Local Governments for Sustainability USA, 2009 Annual Report: Measuring Up (Boston: ICLEI USA, 2009), Solar Energy Research, Development and Demonstration Act 1974, 42 U.S.C.S. § 5551(3)(1) (2005). Turk, J. & Bensel, T. (2011). Contemporary Environmental Issues. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Clean Energy
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