Energy Conservation Essay
1345 Words6 Pages
The topic of energy is one that is seen in the news more and more as each day passes. As most Americans can tell you these days, energy is essential for industrial and technological development in this or any other country. However, some believe that certain traditional methods of producing energy, such as burning fossil fuels, are depleting the earth’s limited supply of natural resources and may also be harmful to the environment. They encourage the use of renewable sources of power, such as wind turbines or hydroelectric plants. While some debate humans being the cause of climate change, others believe mankind has barely made a mark on what our planet has to offer us. Conserving energy has nearly become as important an issue as producing…show more content…
The need for coal sparked the American Industrial Revolution and introduced new inventions such as the steam engine.
Petroleum oil, another non-renewable resource, is found beneath the earth’s surface and is collected through oil drilling. The conversion from oil to gasoline allowed for the invention of the automobile. Today, Petroleum is perhaps our most valuable source of fuel. Oil drills and refineries can be found all over the world, and the demand for this fuel has grown so great that it has caused a worldwide crisis.
While some countries depend on oil as a source of fuel, others depend on exporting oil as their primary source of income. “The U.N. Security Council has terminated its authorization of foreign military operations in Libya. And as of tomorrow night, NATO's bombing campaign there will be over. Libyans now have to focus on the future, which includes reconstruction after the devastation of war. Some of the money for that effort may come from the country's oil wealth” (CAN OIL FUEL LIBYA'S RECONSTRUCTION? 1).
The burning of fossil fuels has become a notorious cause of pollution. From contaminants being released into the atmosphere to oceans being devastated from oil spills, the earth’s ecosystem is suffering thanks to years of thoughtless fuel consumption. Excessive utilization of coal and oil for generation of electricity leads to the multiple problems of acid rain, and rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. There are
Essay on The Importance of Protecting Our Natural Resource- Water
2388 Words10 Pages
Water is the most priceless resource on our planet. Billions of gallons flow through our rivers and lakes. Millions of gallons are consumed by humans each day. Our world’s surface is seventy percent water. With so much water around us, how can 1.1 billion people still lack access to clean water (Cooper, Water Shortages)? People are already using fifty four percent of all the freshwater available on this planet (Cooper, Water Shortages). We cannot afford to neglect something so essential to our very survival. We must defend our most important natural resource—water. According to CQ Researcher’s Cooper “More than a billion people around the world lack access to safe drinking water and their numbers are growing”(Water Shortage). Is it…show more content…
Past water shortages have been solved with the effortless addition of a dam, but so many dams have been built that there simply aren’t any rivers left with enough water to block. Dams do create vast amounts of water, but the ill effects often outweigh the benefits (Cooper, Water Shortages).
Water quality has increased in the United States as shown in figure 1.
Figure 1 Although Water quality remains still inadequate. Over forty percent of our nation’s rivers are still too polluted to swim much less drink (Cooper, Water Quality). Today the main pollutant in water is run off. Runoff is when rainwater and snowmelt, polluted with animal waste and toxic chemicals from farms and houses, leaks into rivers and lakes. Toxins that are washed into storm sewers from streets can kill fish directly and harm human beings, one of which chemicals is arsenic. Over fifty six million people in twenty five different states have been carelessly exposed to harmful amounts of arsenic in tap water. Arsenic and other harmful pollutants in the stream create a dead zone as they empty into the sea. This can be shown as the Missouri and Mississippi empty into the Gulf of Mexico. The polluted water creates a dead zone twice as large as the state of New Jersey (Cooper, Water Quality). In the United