Another global player are the OPEC nations. These nations have major reserves of oil, therefore can set the price of oil in its member countries. This has led to prices of oil changing, having periods of very high prices and periods of very low prices. For example, Saudi Arabia has 22% of worldwide oil reserves, meaning they can sell their oil globally to countries with smaller oil reserves meaning they can make a large profit. Nationally, different Governments are involved in the global supply of energy.
So this is the reason why price of fossil flues will become higher. You can see it in P.1. (P.1) However, alternative energy will become cheaper. People will use alternative energy instant of fossil flues. In fact, the price of solar energy is falling since 2008.
1a) Explain the classification of the selected energy resources shown. This resource shows the environmental impacts, social acceptability and economic costs of a select few energy sources. They are classified in this way for a number of reasons. Nuclear power is shown to have high economic costs, this is because it is very expensive to build and decommission nuclear power stations, it also an expensive process to mine, process and enrich uranium and plutonium required as nuclear fuel. Nuclear waste must also be stored for a very long period adding to the cost.
Since the industrial revolution the levels of atmospheric CO₂ have increased from 280 parts per million to 380ppm for the past 10,000. Globalisation has also had an effect to some degree on the climate, as third world countries have been able to develop due to the cheap and easy access to fossil fuels, they now have the technologies to
These opposing viewpoints include if we are using too much of them, the availability of them and how reliable they are. First of all, the first opposing viewpoint of this issue is if we are using up too much of our resources and how bad we are handling these issues. Here in America, we just resort to using our fossil fuels as our primary source of energy, but that has raised a lot of eyebrows and caused a lot of opposition. People of opposition did not like the fact of how these fossil fuels were being handled and how fast they were being used. Knowing that we have renewable resources, the opposing voices argued that we need to use less fossil fuels and more of the renewable resources.
“I really do encourage other manufacturers to bring electric cars to market. It's a good thing, and they need to bring it to market and keep iterating and improving and make better and better electric cars.” Said Elon Musk. Electric car is an electrical vehicle that uses chemical energy stored in its’ rechargeable battery, they are one of earliest creations amongst the automobiles devised by the famed engineer Thomas Parker 1884. Nevertheless, electric cars didn’t see the light after the evolution of internal combustion engines and mass production of low-priced gasoline powered vehicles led to deterioration in the use of electric vehicles. However, by the beginning of 21th century and the increased percentage of greenhouse gasses emissions;
As we are theoretically reaching “peak oil”, “peak gas” etc. as well as the occurring of global warming and a number of environmental issues, the call for more “clean”, “sustainable” renewable energy has been increasing dramatically. However, some critics argue that renewable energy such as wind, solar, biomass, alone can not sustain the world in the future. In this essay, I will argue that renewable energy is not a viable way for replacing established energy sources by analyzing the geographic and natural limitations, impacts on ecosystems and the efficiency on cutting greenhouse emissions of renewable energies. The real solution should be reducing energy consumption.
McKibben persuades readers to think about the massive consumption of energy that could slowly be reduced with simple tweaks in everyday society. Bill McKibben was very persuasive in that clear examples were used to make the reader think about how energy was poorly managed in various ways. One example that sparked my interest was how politicians are concerned how windmills will look obstructing the view of Cape Cod, when in reality McKibben writes, “Cape Cod will sink quickly beneath the Atlantic unless every weapon in the fight against global warming is employed as rapidly as possible” (619).
To power our cars, should we stay with coal or use alternative sources? I strongly believe that we should move to alternative sources to power our cars instead of using coal. My reasons for saying this is because we have already got enough pollution in our atmosphere and we don’t need anymore. 42.1% of our greenhouse gases are produced from coal. Switching to alternative sources such as electric cars can help pull this number down significantly.
The History of the Solar Powered Water Heating System Barbarann INF103: Computer Literacy Egad! November 19, 2012 The History of the Solar Powered Water Heating System Earth is in danger and humans are the culprit by living in a highly industrialized world dependent on fossil fuels and other non-renewable resources. Not only the environment is being harmed, finances are influenced as the cost of fossil fuels continues to rise. Luckily, there are alternative sources of power like the sun. A solar powered water heating system is the easiest initial investment in renewable energy a person can make (Ramlow, 2007).