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Tug of War- Renewable vs. Non-Renewable Energy

Renewable energy and non-renewable energy are poles apart.

Renewable energy is energy derived from resources that will never run out. Wind, solar or water energies are renewable because they can be generated endlessly, when required. They are plentiful and by far the cleanest sources of energy available on this planet. Non-renewable energy sources are available on earth in limited quantity and will eventually be depleted. Coal, gas and oil are non-renewable because they take precise conditions and millions of years to be produced.

  • Energy Sources

Renewable energies utilize natural resources and can be replenished in a short period of time, whereas non-renewable energies cannot be replenished in a short period of time because they take millions of years to form. With many pros, the major issue with renewable energy is that sun can be used as a source of energy during the day, but not during the night or rainy season. To utilize wind energy, you have to rely on strong winds, therefore, you have to choose suitable sites to operate wind farms.

  •  Carbon Emission

Renewable sources have low carbon emissions. Therefore, they are considered green and environment friendly. The sunlight falling on the United States in one day contains more than twice the energy we consume in an entire year. Green energy sources — such as solar power — can be harnessed to produce electricity, process heat, fuel and valuable chemicals with less impact on the environment. In contrast, non-renewable energy sources have serious environmental impact. They release highly toxic and dangerous gases in the air when burnt, which are the major cause for global warming. About 81 percent of all U.S. greenhouse gases are carbon dioxide emissions from non-renewable energy sources

  •  Effect on Economy

Renewable energy helps stimulate the economy and creates job opportunities. Countries that use renewable sources of energy may become energy independent. They wouldn’t have to rely on foreign countries to supply them with renewable sources, as is the case for non-renewable sources. In the long run, the price of electricity is expected to rise since it’s based on the price of crude oil. You may find that renewable sources could reduce your electricity bill. According to the federal government, The U.S. spent $109 billion to import oil in 2000. If we become fully energy independent by using renewable sources, we will keep the money at home to help the economy.

Be it renewable or non-renewable, energy needs to be conserved to protect our environment.

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