and energy efficiency increase our nation’s independence and stability.
A report from the Department of Energy shows that we import over 50% of
the oil we use. This percentage
is the highest in the history of the United States, and is increasing as we
consume our finite domestic resources. The
Middle East has 65% to 75% of the world’s oil reserves.
Should we be concerned about such a great dependence on foreign powers?
Our national security is directly affected by our habits and policies
related to energy consumption.
of the United States offer clean, never-ending power and fuel supplies in
various forms. Certain areas are
abundant with wind, geothermal, solar, and biomass – all renewable
resources. Advancements in
technologies have brought system costs down in recent years, allowing them to
compete with conventional energy sources.
This is promising because our country is so rich in renewable energy
resources. Yes, the future for
renewables is now!
Currently, there are fears that the total number of jobs will decrease if we
shift away from using conventional energy.
The truth is, engineers, technicians, educators, salespeople,
custodians, lawyers and many others are already working in fields that improve
renewable energy applications. Advancements
in technologies create the need for new skill development, creating new jobs!
Renewables are commonly referred to as “clean” energy sources because they
are environmentally friendly. They
don’t pollute our land, air, or water like conventional sources do.
Today, coal-fired power plants produce the largest amount of
electricity in the United States (54%). The
smoke from coal-fired power plants contains mercury, Sulfur dioxide, and other
harmful emissions that can cause brain damage, birth defects and other
ailments. Your three-armed child might be able to take better care of
you in your old age, but how will he or she put on a shirt?
for Earth knows your child agrees with us, the third hole in your shirt’s
for your head – time to think with it and join the cosmic dance toward
renewable energy… this is no time for complacency!