The Solution to the Earths Energy Problems

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The Solution to the Earths’ Energy Conservation Problem Gas prices have hit $6.00 a gallon! That is a scary thought, but reality is if we don’t start conserving our energy sources now, that is exactly what we will get gas for $6.00 a gallon or maybe even more. In today’s society we are only worried about the here, and the now. We all need to start thinking long term and come up with ideas for preserving our future. In the United States the industries use up about forty two percent of the nation’s total energy consumption (Berg and Hager 2007). The more developed a nation is the more energy it uses. Energy consumption around the world has increased every year since 1982; with most of the increases coming from the highly developed…show more content…
Oil is used to make petrochemicals, which are used in fertilizers, plastics, paints, pesticides, medicines, and synthetic fibers. Unlike petroleum which contains many hydrocarbons, natural gas only contains a few hydrocarbons. Natural gas use is increasing especially in the following three areas: Electricity generation, transportation, and commercial cooling. Another increasing use of natural gas is cogeneration, a clean and efficient process in which natural gas is used to produce both electricity and steam; the heat of the exhaust gases provides energy to make steam for water and space heating. Cogeneration systems that use natural gas provide electricity cleanly and efficiently (Berg and Hager 2007). Which is the best way to provide electricity, it does not harm the environment like other methods. As a fuel for automobiles natural gas offers great environmental advantages. When using natural gas in automobiles instead of traditional gasoline, the automobiles emit eighty to ninety three percent fewer hydrocarbons, and ninety percent less carbon monoxide, also ninety percent fewer toxic emissions with almost no soot. In 2000 the United States had approximately one hundred thousand vehicles running on clean natural gas. Most of which were fleet vehicles like city buses. The city of Los Angeles has the largest fleet of gas powered buses in all of North America (Berg and Hager 2007). Other cities need to start looking at Los Angeles as an example and follow
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