Solar Electric, Wind Turbine and Solar water

Energy and the Environment

 

Electricity is the largest energy source and that predominance has grown.  Natural gas is the second largest energy source and petroleum (predominantly heating oil) a distant third.  Demand for electricity was the principal force behind the 58 percent growth in net electricity generation since 1985.

Over 70 percent of U.S. electricity is generated by non-renewable energy burning coal, petroleum, or natural gas; another 20 percent is generated by non-renewable nuclear power stations; and less than 9 percent comes from renewable sources, with 7 percent of that from hydroelectric dams.  The balance of energy from solar and wind renewable sources is less than 2 percent. 

The burning of coal and natural gas to supply buildings with electricity, coupled with direct burning of natural gas, makes buildings responsible for the largest share of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions.

 

Non-Renewable energy can be dirty:  Carbon emissions, coal slurry, nuclear waste, and other pollutants can cause environmental damage and health problems.  Non-Renewable energy sources are in limited supply – coal, oil and natural gas have to be taken out of the earth, is limited and costs will continue to increase as the energy sources become scarcer. 

 

As the population and economy grow, so does our use of energy, which comes predominantly from fossil sources.

What’s the solution?  Renewable Energy

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