Term Paper: Energy in the United States

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[. . .] It should be noted that if more is invested in the erection of a windmill or a generator and the interest rates that are being charged for the manufacturing equipment then the consumer of this energy will also have to bear a part of this cost. According to a study it was discovered that if the finance of the wind plants are made at the same level as that of gas plants, then the cost of these plants would decrease by almost 40%. Fortunately enough, the cost of wind energy is proportional to the facilities being built.

However, investments are being made to find out and exploit other sources of power and ways to make them viable. These sources include wave energy, geothermal and biomass.

America needs these alternate sources -- why?

It should be noted that not just America, but the whole world needs to make use of the alternate energy sources and get rid of the conventional sources for the production of power and electricity. When we specifically talk about America, we take a number of factors into consideration. Keeping in view the current production and consumption of electricity in the country, we find out that there is a need for an increased production of energy. As we all are well aware of the fact that American has been suffering from an economic slump, it is evident that it cannot afford to import large quantities of oil, coal or any other fossil fuel to meet its demand of electricity production. Under current situation, the best way to solve this problem is to find out alternate ways of energy production that have more benefits than adverse effects and that are easy to produce.

When we talk about solar and wind energy, we talk about the renewable sources of energy production. Even though, we do generalize renewable energy sources by solar and wind power, biomass and other sources of energy production should also be taken into consideration when discussing these renewable energy sources. Solar power is so far considered to be the best renewable energy source and that is because it does not require a huge investment in the beginning. All one needs to do is to buy a solar panel that is not very costly, which lasts long and is easy to carry from one place to another. It becomes very affordable for the people to produce their own electricity with these solar panels, without giving anything hazardous to the environment. On the other hand, the energy production with windmill can be very expensive in the beginning as it requires capital for the construction and establishment of this windmill and also because first an appropriate piece of land is required and then a huge generator is required for the production of energy with a windmill.

Here, it becomes necessary for us to make a cost-benefit analysis of the whole power situation. The other sources of energy that are being used for hundreds of years now, like oil, gas and coal tend to pollute the environment. We are all aware of the fact that there is massive global warming that is causing major upsets in the weather patterns of the world. The global warming is an alarming condition for the inhabitants of the world as the glaciers can melt and cause extensive floods all over the world. The greenhouse effect is also destroying the protective ozone layer because of which the ultraviolet light hits the world unfiltered and is responsible for causing many different types of unusual cancers of the skin and other parts of the body. Moreover, there is also a lot of environmental pollution that is being caused by the generators and the furnaces that make use of coal and oil for the production of electricity. The environmental hazards are something that we all are well aware of. People are more prone to getting respiratory diseases that include asthma, emphysema and bronchitis. People are also predisposed to getting lung cancer because of the toxic agents that are being released in the environment. Apart from this, the population of the world is growing at an incredible rate. The fossil fuel, which is the conventional source of energy as of now, will get depleted one day. It is important for us to explore, develop and then completely shift on the alternate sources of energy production before the non-renewable energy sources deplete in the world. It is also expected that once these renewable sources are employed for the production of energy, people will have access to cheap energy.

It is the need of time for the government of the United States to make sure that it helps the agencies in every way possible for the production of energy from the renewable sources and to urge the people to accept these new sources as they have been developed for their own good and benefit. People should be made aware of the problems they might have to face if they do not move to the renewable sources in the coming years.

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