Searching for the Energy Source of the Future. Essay

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There are cleaner and more efficient ways of producing electricity than the burning of natural gas, to produce most of the world’s energy. Solar energy is cleaner and virtually self sustaining after installation, not taking much maintenance. It is becoming more affordable as well, prices have dropped seventy percent over the last five years (Sorenson 215). It is also very hard to find a new location, and when one is found the amount of energy drawn is sometimes sparce or fluctuates wildy. Wind energy is another semi-viable option. Wind energy is clean and may be more efficient in less sunny regions. If a region does not have an overabundance of sun or wind, Nuclear energy is another clean option. Geothermal energy, tidal energy, wave power, …show more content…
Inventions like the steam engine and coal stoves helped to make wood an obsolete form of energy (Uekötter 2). With the development of steam engines trains became the main method of transporting goods and people long distances. However in 1859 America installed its’ first oil well, and in 1870 natural gas lines were beginning to be installed. After World War II America began running natural gas lines to remote areas and it became a major contributor in meeting America’s energy needs. Petroleum based energies, such as natural gas, would eventually take over as the dominant source of energy for transportation and electricity (Uekötter 3).
America draws eighty percent of its’ power from non-renewable resources. After those resources are gone they are gone forever. It is speculated that earth may run out of oil by 2060. Researchers have stated that greenhouse gas emissions will have made the world uninhabitable within the next two-hundred years. If an alternative to petroleum based energy is not found and utilized soon society as it is today could be over within the next 100 years (Cothran 123).
Solar energy is a more viable option now than it has been ever before. In fact, in
the time span of March 2012 to September 2013 prices of conventional solar panels have
decreased by sixty percent (Sorenson 215). According to a Harris Interactive poll ninety-seven percent of Americans overestimate the cost of solar panels by a sizable…