11th Period 7
Renewable Energy, the Future Energy
Only after the last tree is cut, the last river is poisoned, the last fish is caught… Only then we will realize what we have done with our planet. Right now we don’t care about it, but in a few years we will be facing the consequences of global warming and energy absence. That is why Ecuador should start concerning itself about our future as a country and as responsible humans, by the use of renewable energy; the perfect solution to these problems. Today I will explain you, with two logic and common sense reasons, why renewable energy is our future. First, we have global warming, which is a problem that must be solved as soon as possible. Some ignorant people think that it won’t happen but we are actually living this situation right now, every single day. According to some NASA studies, since 1950, the average temperature has climbed 1.4Fahrenheit degrees around the world. As a consequence of this fact, an Arctic ice area, which was bigger than the United States, has melted this year! Another evidence of global warning is that the frequency and number of hurricanes and earthquakes around the world has increased the last years. The irony of all this is that even though we do realize what is happening; even though we know that we are destroying our planet, we are still polluting, wasting and damaging. You probably know that Carbon Dioxide, a greenhouse gas, is the main pollutant that is warming the Earth. Let me tell you that Carbon Dioxide represents 85 percent of all gas emissions caused by human sources. Globally, the largest source of carbon emission is the combustion of fossil fuels like coal, natural gas and oil for energy. On the other hand, electricity production is the biggest generator of carbon emissions; transportation comes in the second place, followed by industry, cars, planes, power plants, and other human activities that involve the burning of fossil fuels, such as gasoline and...
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