English 11, Section 2542-02
24 November 2008
Has the time come for the world to give up on what it’s relied on the most, fossil fuels? “Oil fuels the modern world. No other substance can equal the enormous impact which the use of oil has had on so many people, so rapidly, in so many ways, and in so many places around the world” (Duplar 1). There are facts showing that fossil fuels are damaging the environment, people’s health, and even our own wallets. People say that we need to go green, and find new energy sources that are affordable, reliable, and don’t damage the environment. These are the first steps towards and cleaner earth, and they are already taking place, but the entire world needs to lend a helping hand in order to solve the global energy crisis. “Procrastination is not an option. Scientist agree if we wait ten, twenty, or fifty years, the problem will be much more difficult to address and the consequences for us will be much that much more serious” (Duplar 2). There is much truth to this; we can already see the harmful effects of fossil fuels on the environment, and example would be global warming, which is the rise in the earth’s temperature. Action must be done immediately, why should future generations suffer for the damage that we have created? People need to start thinking about what is good for the environment and it’s future, for our own good. Due to rising oil prices, depleted sources, and global warming, the time has come to switch from traditional fossil fuels to cleaner, Meyer 2
More affordable, and longer lasting, renewable clean energy, to not only resurrect the economy but to also save the environment before it’s too late.
Fossil fuels have negative effects on the environment and people’s health. “Humans are contributing to global warming by adding heat-trapping gases to the atmosphere” (Dupler 2). Humans have been contributing to this problem for years, the problem is that we are too dependent on fossil fuels in our every day lives. “The burning of fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas accounts for about 75% of annual carbon dioxide emissions from human activities (Darity 2). The issue is that big businesses that relay on fossil fuels in order to stay operational don’t care about these harmful effects, making a profit is what’s important to them, “oil companies- supported by government tax benefits and subsides- have established a centralized power base which they can dictate future energy policies that will benefit their industry at the expense of the environment” (Lerner 1). Fossil fuels such as coal releases harmful gases such as sulfur dioxide, which contributes to smog, asthma, and acid rain, and these are just some of the harmful effects that are created. Not only that but the burning of fossil fuels would cause heat waves, which would bring on major health problems such as heat strokes. “Construction of new coal-fired power plants on a massive scale would extend U.S. over dependence on coal for another half century, with major impacts on America’s environment and economy” (Kutler 1). Another big contributor is Deforestation- the cutting and burning of forests that traps and stores carbon. “The longer we keep polluting the longer it will take to recover and more irreversible damage will be done” (Kutler 1). This is a very true statement, if we continued the way we are Cities and town along the
nation’s major rivers would be in danger due to global warming. Also the earth’s temperature would continue to rise, this would eventually melt the icecaps and cause worldwide flooding. The energy people use today drastically affects not only the United States economy, but the global economy as well. Gas prices have jumped up dramatically in the past few years with no sign of dropping, this is because the world is too dependent on gas for their cars, and there...