The Oil Spill Of 2010

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Due to high costs of oil, many countries have taken the act of turning to renewable energy sources. Burning fossil fuels also has a downside to the environment, polluting the air and water, and damaging the health of plants and animals. The BP Oil spill of 2010 is one example of how dangerous fossil fuels are when they are exposed to the environment. There is much controversy in the United States for renewable energy sources being funded, but the facts are on the rise. Having a cleaner and more efficient source of energy is important for both environmental, political, and financial reasons.
What exactly is renewable energy? In the terms of The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC, 2015), renewable energy comes from sources that can be replenished easily. Solar power, wind energy, hydroelectricity, geothermal, and biomass energy are all examples of this. All of these sources can be replenished, or renewed naturally. Wind energy is free of pollution and costs about the same as electricity from coal. Solar energy is growing cheaper, and is used in many every day appliances. Biomass energy uses materials such as wood, corn, soy, and sometimes animal waste. It takes time for biomass energy to grow, but it is a critical renewable resource. Hydroelectricity is energy produced by flowing water and accounts for six percent of America’s electric supply (NRDC, 2015). If we can make the transition to a future of cleaner energy sources, we can eliminate our dependence on fossil
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