Christopherson1 Josh Christopherson Mrs. Lester Adv. Comp 4 October 2011 Senior Project Research Paper Have you ever wondered what would happen when we ran out of nonrenewableresources? The cities would shut down, all transportation would seize, and the world would be inturmoil. I propose use of the more practical resource, solar energy. Solar energy is renewable,clean, and can be easily incorporated into most peoples’ lives. There are, however, some issueswith solar energy. I believe these issues are worth exploring to solve the biggest issue in solarenergy: the amount of people that are unwilling to initiate the change from nonrenewableresources to alternative energy, such as solar power. The main issue in solar energy is the majority of people not willing to make the switchfrom oil and coal. Coal and oil companies are trying their best to stifle the success of alternativeenergies such as solar energy (Chapman, Energy Companies, Environmental Groups FollowingColorado Senate Race). If this keeps up, the companies that produce alternative energy productswill not be able to advance enough to be considered independent. According to LindsayChapman, people are unwilling to switch from nonrenewable resources such as oil and coal toalternative energy such as solar power. The short term relevance of oil and coal appeal to mostpeople while the long term benefits of solar energy actually out way the benefits ofnonrenewable resources. Without the cooperation of the rest of the people, becoming self-sufficient will be nearly impossible.
If we do not make a change from the resources we are using, we will see theconsequences, there will be several negative effects set on our society and environment. Forexample, if we do not convert to solar energy, the effects of the pollution on the environmentwill cause many long-term effects such as global warming (Reguly). These effects have alreadybeen witnessed by most of the population. One of the best examples of this is the melting of thepolar ice caps. This problem will cause our future generations to miss many opportunities. In addition, there are many speculations on the solutions to this issue. If even half of thepeople in America put solar panels on their rooftops, it would supply 25% of America’s energy(Flavin). In this scenario, the support of the entire country would have to cooperate with oneanother. There have also been many technological breakthroughs in this field of study. A newtype of power plant is under construction in Australia that will have very much potential. Thisnew facility can generate energy equal to that of a small nuclear power plant (Kage). There is nobi-product produced, therefore, there is no disadvantages from this power plant. Lastly, there is most likely a positive future to this problem in solar energy. With the vastamount of people not willing to make the change, the solutions to the problems will need toexceed the people’s expectations. One new device is a solar dish that absorbs more solar energythan any other known solar panel. This device can amplify the energy absorbed by the sun by1000; this is the most powerful solar amplifier in existence (Gutierrez). This new device is verycost efficient and can be installed in almost any roof or near any house. As you can see, the issue in solar energy does not make the topic a bad decision. Thistopic is still a good choice because there is a good future in solar power. Also, it will be in highdemand because nonrenewable resources are rapidly depleting.
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