A “Greener” Future: Myth or a Reality?
With the accelerating pace of the technological boom, the need for an efficient and practical use of Earth’s resources has astronomically increased. Traditional manipulations of fossil fuels represent an arduous and taxing means for producing energy to power further innovation. Therefore, novel methods of energy production are requisite to future technological progress. Therefore, investments into sources of renewable energy have expanded yet have met with heated discussion. The United States is a major consumer of resources such as coal, oil, and natural gas. Consumers of energy continue to grow exponentially, which poses a huge challenge to these diminishing resources. Burning fossil fuels deters environmental longevity and growth because it accelerates the rate of negative climate change. Without a doubt, society must be efficient in utilizing its energy supply so it does not negatively impact human health. Although the revolution of green energy has won the hearts of the public, critics insist that this Green Revolution is an illusion that is deceiving the public. Thomas Friedman, author of “205 Easy Ways to Save the Earth”, emphasizes that for many years organizations never wanted to embrace the idea of going green because it failed to represent a profitable investment (Friedman 249). Indubitably, embracing renewable resources initially is a huge financial burden to local communities who cannot allocate the necessary capital within their budgets. Universally, societies tend to reject solutions that require effort and rank the community above an individual’s benefit. This apathy about a prospectively beneficial venture is disheartening; the current infrastructure stifles exploration and investigation into the eventual transition to renewable resources. In fact, after the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the American government rushed to extract coal and gas resources within the region. The truth of the matter might seem unpleasant, but the fact remains that solar energy cannot accommodate the demands of the growing American public (Friedman 252).Without additional research into green alternatives, not only will popular support dwindle, but investments into the discipline will diminish. Therefore, current speculation insists that there is insufficient information regarding the longevity of green energy. On February 2006, George Bush famously proclaimed, “America is addicted to oil.” (Bryce 19). America’s obsession with oil has become commonplace even within the public opinion. Yet every country has needs that correspond to oil use, including China (Bryce 20). However, with the climax of political events growing increasingly worse, American dependence of foreign oil has become a liability. Robert Bryce, author of “The Gusher of Lies”, argues that society is not realizing the lucrative opportunities that are associated with energy production and resale (Bryce 47). In his divisive criticism, Bryce argues that losing political control on regions within the Middle East for renewable energy represents a gamble the government cannot afford to lose. Control of the Gulf Coast equates to $49.1 billion in revenue for the American economy. Oil is a commodity that spans beyond the energy needs initially posited by the government. Oil itself represents a symbol of power and necessity that America must continue to extract to maintain its supremacy as a world power. One example of a renewable energy source that may help shift the United States towards energy independence is solar energy. A solar initiative can be a very robust solution that can power residential and industrial areas without increasing waste accumulation. One of the many advantages that solar energy offers is substantial reduction in pollution since no byproduct exists. Additionally, solar power can help provide electricity within remote locations where traditional electricity generation becomes financially...
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