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The Pros and Cons of Renewable Energy

“Renewable energy” is a blanket term for various energy technologies from sources that are never-ending and can be replenished. Some examples are wind, solar, water, and geothermal. These are in contrast to fossil fuels such as oil and coal, which are popular sources of energy in large parts of the world, yet are also ultimately unsustainable. While this is in itself a great case for renewable energy, like anything, it’s an issue with its fair share of pros and cons, although the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. I recently read an article that looked at this exact same issue. Let’s look at the cons they pointed out, and then the pros:

Cons:

  • Its capacity still isn’t large enough: Fossil fuels still generate the vast majority of electricity today, so renewable energy can’t be solely relied upon to power the entire country overnight.  Facilities will need to be set up to meet growing demand while looking for ways to reduce energy consumption.
  • It can be unreliable: Renewable energy depends on the weather, so if conditions aren’t ideal, then renewable technologies couldn’t generate any electricity.  Yet if renewable energy generators are set up over a wide area, then that can be fixed, since weather disruptions in one area will be different than those in another.  
  • It has low-efficiency levels: Since they’re still pretty new to the market, renewable energy technologies lack plenty of efficiency, posing forecast problems that could lead investors to shying away from investing their money.  
  • It requires huge upfront capital outlay: Investors shying away from investing in capital is particularly pressing, since renewable energy facilities, while lucrative, are also extremely expensive to set up.  Wind turbines, solar panels, and hydroelectricity plants are all relatively expensive.  

Pros:

  • It’s eco-friendly: Unlike fossil fuels, renewable energy has next to no carbon and greenhouse gas emission.  Solar and wind power emit zero toxic gasses, cutting back dramatically on air pollution.
  • It’s renewable: Fossil fuels are ultimately limited resources, and they could run out in the future.  Renewable energy, being renewable, can help developing countries avoid over-reliance on fossil fuels.  Powerful winds, heat from underneath the earth, sunshine, and moving water all offer steady energy supplies.
  • It’s reliable: Over-reliance on fossil fuels has led to world security being threatened; they’re prone to trade disputes, political instability, spikes in prices, and war.  Solar and wind energy are often seen as unreliable, yet that’s easily remedied by a solid infrastructure.  
  • It creates jobs: Renewable energy is cheaper than most traditional sources of energy, and has already helped create jobs in countries such as Germany and the UK, where renewable energy has been encouraged.  
  • It stabilizes prices: Since the cost of renewable energy depends on the initial cost of installation of renewable energy technologies as opposed to inflation and availability, it helps stabilize global energy prices.
  • It requires less maintenance: Once infrastructure is laid down, little to no maintenance is required, meaning that the owners of facilities can reap big profits while providing cheap electricity.
  • It boosts public health: Fossil fuel emissions are directly responsible for various ailments, such as heart disease, cancer, and neurological disorders.  

It empowers people in rural areas: Renewable energy generation mainly takes place in more rural settings, not only offering new sources of energy to those regions, but also helping socially and economically regenerate them.

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Why You Should Contribute to Environmental Conservation

Caring for the environment does not require you to be an avid protester or activist. Small everyday things that you choose to do throughout the day can have a positive impact on our world. Some examples are choosing to recycle, cleaning up litter, and conserving water or electricity. These simple tasks could pave the way for future eco-conscious decisions made by those around you on a daily basis, leading to strides in the conservation of our world.

A Clean Environment means Clean Living

With little attention paid to making eco-friendly decisions, things like smoking, driving cars that run on fossil fuels, and engaging in agricultural activities can all contribute to air pollution. This can cause respiratory diseases, and even cancer in human beings. Sewage, littering, and waste in general can all cause water pollution as well, which is responsible for 1 out of every 5 deaths among children under the age of 5 worldwide. Some ways you can help in lowering levels of air and water pollution include conserving energy, carpooling, avoiding throwing trash anywhere other than trash cans, and participating in local clean-up groups.

Protect our Wildlife

Pollution of all kinds can poison soils, waterways, and air, killing all kinds of plants and animals. One of the most common causes of pollution-related death in animals is the consumption of plastic. Each year, over 1 million birds and mammals are killed from ingesting plastic, most of which ends up in our oceans. This stresses the importance of recycling, and never littering, as definitive evidence has proven that doing so directly affects wildlife in an extremely negative way. Oil spills from ships and mining facilities also greatly harm the environment and surrounding animals.

Much like us as human beings, air pollution and the exposure to contaminants harms animals all over the world. By poisoning their food and water sources, things like acid rain, carbon dioxide, and fluctuations in air quality can all lead to the deaths of animals. Even insects directly affect the natural course of the food chain. With either increased or decreased levels of air pressure, insects are forced to relocate, eliminating a source of food for those that feed on them, and affecting plants that rely on their maintenance.

Conserve our Trees

Excess carbon dioxide produced by factories increases the global climate, affecting countless environments. Trees are Mother Nature’s solution to that problem, as they absorb CO2, filtering and releasing clean oxygen back into the air. As natural sources of shade, trees can also reduce temperatures in cities, streets, and neighborhoods by up to 10 degrees fahrenheit, conserving energy by eliminating the high demand for air conditioning. The benefits of trees go on and on, showing their importance among our ecosystem.

Moral Obligation

Lastly, it is our moral obligation as human beings to protect and conserve the environment that we were given. We owe our existence to the living world that we share with plants and animals, and to treat it negatively would be foolish. To turn the other cheek on environmental conservation is to deny the life-creating processes of the world. For more ideas on how you can help, visit IdeasForUs.org.

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