Un breve ensayo sobre Energía Renovable Ahora

Febrero 18, 2012 | By | Respuestas 2 Más

Energy has become an extremely hot topic for Americans over the last couple of years, with reasons for our energy concerns ranging from environmental to political to financial. Despite differing reasons, it is clear that the solution to our energy problems is to transition from traditional energy sources to renewable energy sources, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions, ending our dependence on foreign oil, and eliminating our world record transfer of wealth to oil producing nations.

Some scientists claim the global warming we are experiencing is not manmade. There are also critics who argue that renewable energy sources have severe drawbacks, such as having to use natural resources to produce a wind mill, or using large amounts of land to host massive quantities of solar panels. There are even those who believe that we are not in danger of depleting our traditional energy sources such as oil since although the cost of oil has increased, it is not severe enough to indicate there is a problem.

The necessity of reducing greenhouse gasses has been around for years. There are opponents of global warming who claim XCHARXthe global warming that we are experiencing is just the result of natural cyclesXCHARX (‘Is Global Warming a Myth?’ 1) which include periodic increasing and decreasing global temperatures that have occurred over the centuries and millenniums. However, XCHARXa group of 600 leading climate scientists from 40 nations, says it is ‘very likely’ (more than a 90 percent chance) that humans are causing a global temperature change that will reach between 3.2 and 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of this centuryXCHARX (1). With only a ten percent chance of error that global warming is not taking place, it is prudent we take action.

Our dependence on foreign oil has caused the United Statesmajor problems in the area of national security, and an enormous net transfer of wealth from the United Statesto other countries. According to Mr. Woolsey, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, “the United Statesfaces a grave national seguridad la amenaza de su dependencia de la energía derivada del petróleo "(Salomón 1). Muchos critican la guerra del Golfo y la guerra theIraq ser el resultado, al menos en parte, de nuestra dependencia del petróleo. Sin duda, muchas organizaciones terroristas cuentan con la simpatía y el apoyo de aquellos que están descontentos con la presencia militar estadounidense en theUnited productores de petróleo las naciones islámicas. "El petróleo exportador de las naciones fromSaudi toRussia Saudita no sólo se cobran a los norteamericanos los precios récord del combustible, también están a punto de convertirse en el mayor acreedor de theU.S. gobierno "(Kruger 1). Esto prepara el escenario para que otros países juegan un papel muy importante en la determinación de nuestra política exterior. Por otra parte, "Los consumidores de petróleo están pagando $ 4 millones de dólares a 5 millones de dólares más para el petróleo crudo todos los días lo que lo hacían hace apenas cinco años, el bombeo de más de $ 2 billones de dólares a las arcas de las compañías petroleras y países productores de petróleo este año" ( Mufson 1), lo que equivale a la mayor transferencia de riqueza de toda la historia. Además, esta enorme transferencia de riqueza fuera de los Estados Unidos en países extranjeros no es seguro que va a ayudarnos con nuestros problemas económicos graves.

Fortunately, there is a solution. The cost of renewable energy is decreasing. According to a solar energy specialist, XCHARXa big thumbs up for an industry that’s making huge advances in lowering costs and improving efficiency” (Kanter 1). Additionally, XCHARXXCHARX experts advising the United Nations said renewable sources could deliver nearly 80 percent of world’s total energy demand by the middle of the centuryXCHARX (1). Since the cost of oil and other nonrenewable energy sources is increasing, it is rapidly becoming more cost effective to use renewable sources. Although renewable energy technology is quickly advancing, renewable energy sources are not without potential environmental drawbacks such as the large amounts of land required to place solar panels, or the effect placing a dam on a river has on the surrounding area. However, according to President ObamaXCHARXs policy, environmental groups including the Natural Resources Defense Council, National Wildlife Federation, Wilderness Society and Sierra Club all will soon agree with the final plan. This is a strong indicator that plans for building and placement of renewable energy technology have been created with sensitivity towards potential negative environmental issues.

Within our free market American belief system is the fundamental idea that the free market will drive change. At this time, with the American market clamoring to go green, our military fighting terrorism on foreign soil, and the cost of energy being at record highs, the time is right for change. With the rate at which renewable energy technology is advancing and cost effective renewable energy is becoming available, the United States needs to accelerate the transition from traditional energy sources to renewable energy sources.

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Estoy en mi segundo año de un niño de cinco años BS combinación física / programa de matemáticas y la ingeniería de sistemas MS ofrecido conjuntamente a través de Haverford College y la Universidad de Pensilvania. Ayudando a mi comunidad es muy divertido y tiene un gran significado para mí. A través de la AIE y otros esfuerzos, he llegado a conocer la cantidad de energía que muchos pueden tener cuando hay una clara visión positiva, la motivación y el impulso. "No hay una visión más triste que un joven pesimista." - Mark Twain

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