28 of September 2013
Alternative Energy vs. Fossil Fuels
There are many alternatives that can effectively replace fossil fuels. Even though the
United States is still dependent on fossil fuels; we have been working vigorously toward alternative energy. In the future the goal is to be completely independent from fossil fuels.
Alternative energy has many different kinds of sources such as biofuels, hydrogen, solar, geothermal, and nuclear energy. With such a vast amount of resources to choose from and research, it is hard to believe that fossil fuels will be an effective choice of energy in the future.
Fossil fuels are not only limited but they also hurt our environment as well. The ozone layer is directly impacted by these fossil fuels and that is a major concern not only for our country but the rest of the world as well.
Nuclear energy is a valid alternative energy resource that has been studied for many years. Nuclear energy comes from the splitting of uranium atoms in a very tedious process called fission. During this process called fission, energy is released in the form of steam which is a very efficient way to power many machines such as a turbine. The latest statistics show that nuclear energy accounts for 20 percent of our country’s energy.
Geothermal energy is also a very clean alternative energy source that is environmentally safe. Geothermal energy comes from the earth’s own heat making it abundant and plentiful. A few miles underneath the earth’s crust is where hot water and rock are found and past that is
Palleschi 2 magma. The extreme temperatures of this area give off very high geothermal energy which can be used in everyday life. An example would be a geothermal pump which is used to heat residential and commercial buildings in the winter and in the summer cool them down. This is done by installing underground pipes which remove heat from the exchanger
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