1. It is openly accepted that almost 85% of the energy used in the world today is produced using non-renewable energy resources. They include oil and petroleum products, gasoline, diesel fuel, coal, propane, natural gas and even uranium used for nuclear energy. The main reason is that these resources seem to be widely available and affordable. What is more, this is anticipated to remain the same at least for the next two decades.
Americans used to believe in prioritizing the development of energy supplies over protecting the environment. However, this has changed after the explosion of BP’s offshore drill, which caused the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, in 2010.
Yet, the concerns about the economy keep public opinion feeling nervous and unwilling to put environmental interests over energy needs. While scientists are looking for ways to increase energy efficiency and implement renewable energy sources like wind and solar power, the fact remains that we still rely on non-renewable sources of energy.
2. America is the country that invented the term “over-consumerism”. What is more, the average American consumes more than his or her weight in products every single day. The above fires a global culture of excess that is becoming the biggest threat to our planet. Statistics have shown that the U.S. consumes 18.8 million barrels of oil per day, which is almost the 22% of the world’s oil supply.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, oil is the lifeblood of America’s economy. This assumption inserted the American culture, alongside with mass consumption and automobile society, sometime around the 20th century and has not left it since. It is deeply embedded in our country’s culture, and there is a strong co-dependence to society’s relationship to oil, the economy and our over – consumerism.
3. Renewable energy sources show significant promise to preserve many natural resources that we currently use today. One of the most common alternative energy sources is wind power. It has already been used extensively in the U.S. and in many European countries has Using of wind power has a number of advantages.
To begin with, it is the cleanest form of renewable energy. Unlike solar energy, wind power is endless, strong as well as stable. Moreover, as an energy source, it is the only one that does not cause any pollution to the environment.
On the other hand, there are few disadvantages of it. Firstly, wind can mostly be used near the coastlines and it makes a lot of noise. In addition, studies have shown that winds cause a threat to wildlife, like the birds and animals nearby.
To conclude, even though wind power is one of the best alternative sources of energy, it cannot be used across the country. However, we should consider offshore wind turbines as the main source of energy for the United States that is closer to water.
4. Like the wind power, geothermal energy is another good alternative source for the U.S. Geothermal energy comes from digging out the heat stored inside the earth itself. Like wind power, it causes no pollution to the environment, it has low running costs and reduces the reliance on fossil fuel. It is safe, clean, and environmental friendly.
Nonetheless, the installation costs for power plants are very high. It can sometimes release harmful gases. Moreover, it is not easily transported throughout the nation, and, in some cases, the geothermal sites can run out of steam.
Although it has been used as an alternative source of energy for the U.S., it cannot, however, by the primary, since it is only suitable for some regions.