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What Fuels The World's Need For Renewable Resources?

By: David H.

Many consumers are unable to customize the way they heat their homes. Furthermore, consumers living in communities unmoved to reduce, reuse, or recycle materials are destined to replicate identical characteristics. These behavioral traits are then passed down for generations making "change" seemingly inconceivable. When the majority of people use fossil fuels because it is the only option provided to fill their needs (transportation, cooking, heat, or electric), the prices are lower than when a tiny amount of people disagree and do the opposite. What fuels the world's need for renewable resources?

The debate remains, fossil fuel may not be able to meet the finite energy demands that alternative sources such as biofuels, hydrogen, solar, geothermal, or nuclear energy can. Advocates of alternative energy argue that fossil fuels are environmentally destructive and inadequate. Some feel that alternative energy sources are the leading factors contributing to global climate change.

Wind and solar are the two most popular renewable energy opportunities. However, they produce 5.5% of the world’s electricity. Yet, hydropower is more impactful, but operating costs are more expensive and less desirable. With a significant stream of renewable energy, prices are rising, and investment declining. Scientists believe renewable energies pose an immediate need to boost the US economy and reduce reliance on foreign energy sources.

There are technological hurdles before renewable energy replaces a nominal portion of the power provided by fossil fuels. Would it be worth taking the chance to see if it will work? Can the world run on 100% renewable energy?

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