The Energy of the Future
This paper is about the usage of renewable energy throughout the U.S. Well go feather into what renewable energy is and how they affect us. Also, we will discuses how other countries are using renewable energy. Lastly we will go over some solutions to feather the usage of renewable resource in the U.S.
The Energy of the Future
The United States should make a push towards using more renewable energy sources. In a modern industrialized nation, like the United States, factories, cars, electrical appliances and other everyday luxuries and necessities use massive amounts of energy from numerous types of sources, 83% of which comes from fossil fuels (Michael). These Fossil fuels are deplenishing at a rapid rate. Using both new and old renewable energy sources is key to the nation’s energy stability for the future.
There are two categories that an energy source can fall under and they are fossil fuels and renewable energy. The gas you put in to your vehicle, the gas the fuels your stove and heating, and the charcoal you use to grill with are all examples of fossil fuels (Marshak, S.). This means in nature it takes millions of years to be replenished back into the environment. Renewable resources, like solar energy; wind power, geothermal energy, hydropower and biomass, take little to no time to produce and reproduce energy.
In the 1970’s Americans relied heavily on foreign oil. From 1970 to 1973 the foreign oil consumption went up from 22% to 36% (the 1970’s Energy Crisis). Around the same time in the Middle East war was going on between Israel and its neighboring countries Egypt and Syria. Once the United States sent supplies to Israel “members of the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC)” started to limit their supply of petroleum goods and places and embargo on the United States (Energy Crisis). That caused the nation to have a shortage in petroleum good. Although the war and embargo were shortly lived we still today feel the effects of it at the gas pumps.
Fossil fuels are still being used heavily on a daily basis to provide a reasonable low costing energy to people. One of the problem with fossil fuels is that “they are being consumed 100,000 times faster than they are being” reproduced in nature (Renewable Energy). At this rate they will run out fossil fuels in the near future. As that happens, the price of fossil fuels will rise making it economically infeasible for people to use them. This raises concern not just the United States, but to the entire world. As of late 2009, “renewable energy accounted for only 10.5 percent of all energy produced in the United States” (Renewable Energy).
In order to have a smoother transition from fossil fuels to more renewable forms of energy, laws like the Energy Policy Act of 2005 were put into place to push the envelope on that issue. This federal law provides money to fund renewable energy and renewable energy research. Also the federal government has “supported wind and solar energy through tax credits and through direct purchases of renewable energy” (Moving America Forward). The U.S. vs. the Europe’s Usage of Renewable Energy
Some people believe that the federal government could do more to uses renewable energy. Laws and policies will not solve the issue. Stephen Leahy, an environmental journalist, is one of the many people that believe the government should lead by example in the use of renewable resources. He goes on to say, “At one time the United States was the world leader in renewable-energy production and technology, but it has fallen behind countries like Germany, Norway, Spain and Britain” (Renewable Energy). Germany looks to be one of the more serious countries that are making the transition towards using more renewable energy sources. Already, 25% of Germany’s energy comes from renewable resources (Eddy). That is more than two and a half more times the amount of...
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