The world depends heavily on fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas for energy, and while

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The world depends heavily on fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas for energy, and while the world's population and energy consumption continue to increase, the non-renewable resources we need to produce energy will eventually be depleted. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the supply of oil left in the world will last us twenty five more years. One may say that twenty five years is a long time, and by then new sources of fuel will surely have replaced the nonrenewable sources we currently use to meet our energy demands. This, however, should not be the approach the world takes to solve this issue. Instead of hoping that the problem will solve itself in the years to come, it is our duty as a planet to…show more content…
Through anaerobic digestion, methane gas is produced, which can then be refined for use as fuel. Biomass can also be converted into ethanol or biodiesel, which can serve as substitutes for currently used transportation fuels, decreasing the reliance on fossil fuel. Crops such as sugar cane or corn can be fermented to produce ethanol, while natural oils from palms or soybeans can be used to create biodiesel. Another way to harness the energy of biomass it to burn it. Even though the combustion of solid biomass may not be as environmentally sound as fermenting and refining it to make fuel, combusted biomass still emits less pollution than the combustion of other fuels such as oil and coal. The combustion of biomass can be used domestically to heat homes in place of oil or gas heaters, or even industrially to provide electricity to run machinery. With less of a negative impact on the environment, the use of biomass to create energy can decrease the world's reliance on fossil fuels, and decrease pollution through the conversion of waste into a usable energy source. The use of biomass as an alternative energy source to fossil fuels is considered to be beneficial to the environment because it is believed that it will reduce the increase of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere. Biomass is considered a carbon neutral source of energy because the carbon released into the atmosphere will be absorbed again when new plants/biomass grows in a

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