April 14, 2013
To Drill or Not to Drill?
For years, the nations of the world have relied on some form of energy to sustain the populace and the industrial sectors of that nation. Fossil fuels (oil, coal, and natural gas) are the backbone of the United States’ energy consumption. Fossil fuels are not an infinite source but a finite source. Scientists do not know the exact process behind the creation of fossil fuels, except that the creation takes a very long time. Because fossil fuels are not unlimited and speculation has some fossil fuels disappearing by the end of the 21st century, many individuals believe that the United States needs to look at other resources to fuel the country (“Introduction to Renewable Energy: Opposing Viewpoints,” 2009). Viewpoint
In regard to the issue of renewable energy and finding an alternative source of energy, the United States needs to consider this as an option. The dependence on foreign oil and other sources of fossil fuels could potentially be detrimental to the country and place the country in a dire situation as time goes by. The United States should consider other options for renewable energy sources to try and cut back on the dependence of other nation’s resources. Potential Blocks to Hinder Thinking
An individual’s viewpoints on a topic can be hindered by personal opinions, bias outlooks on the topic, and peer pressure from family and friends. People, in general, have a predisposed concept about a topic. Think of this as a first impression. When this concept is present, that individual may find an opposing opinion hard to take. Bias outlooks on a topic can be both for and against a topic. The individual may not have a personal opinion on the topic but may have an opinion on an item related to the topic. An example could be an individual that is for nuclear energy (renewable source) but wants to keep oil for automobiles. The last potential hindrance could come from family and friends. Individuals tend to sway towards the opinions of close family members and friends. This can hinder an individual from looking at both sides of the argument because that individual is siding with the viewpoint of that family member or members and friend/s. Even though these are all potential hindrances to a viewpoint each one can be overcome.
Overcoming the Blocks
All potential blocks and hindrances can be overcome. For an individual to overcome personal opinions, that individual needs to try and have a clear and open mind when talking about a topic that he or she is already familiar with. There are two sides to every story and the topic of renewable resources is not immune to that same concept. Bias opinions and the influences of family and friends are all areas that an individual can block out when trying to be fair and open-minded about a topic. The topic of renewable energy and the United States’ dependence on foreign resources such as oil is a serious topic that becomes more pressing as time keeps going by. The seriousness of this topic should also help individuals try and have a clear and open mind.
Introduction to Renewable Energy: Opposing Viewpoints. (2009). Retrieved from