Another huge problem of the world are environment issues like global warming and pollution. There are ways to stop this. But some of the little steps people could do are out of reach for poor people. For instance, the difference of effects an LED light bulb and a regular bulb can do to the environment is huge. LED bulbs save energy and last longer, but has a price too high.
Once the demand for petroleum go down the war for fossil fuels might die out. The problem with that is what batteries in electric cars are made of, lithium. Lithium is not as scarce as petroleum but if all cars need them the supply would go down and some of the only places to extract large amounts of lithium are China and Afghanistan (Braun, World). This leaves electric cars in the same position as fossil fueled cars, where they rely on a non renewable material that is required for them to work, but to get that material there may be war, like there is for petroleum. There is also another problem with lithium, it is hard to dispose of.
In addition, nuclear power plants do not produce green house gases as byproducts. Nuclear energy may be the solution that eliminates our concern for energy production in the future, but it still remains a huge issue for the environment. Despite its wide use in many developed countries, nuclear energy poses many threats to both the
The used rods and uranium pellets are highly radioactive and cannot be placed in a landfill like most waste. The radioactive material is first cooled due to its extreme heat before mixing it with glass and placed in specialized containers and put underground or above depending on the nuclear plant standards. Nuclear waste must be monitored and regulated due to its volatile behaviour, which incurs large costs. The resources to develop a functioning nuclear power plant are presently available to us, however they are an expensive investment. It is very difficult for developing countries to be able to make the plants as they take upwards of 5-10 years to build in addition to the legal formalities that must be
For example, today, Alternative energy supplies “less than 7 percent of U.S. consumption.” This is only one first world country, imagine if every country became a first world country. That enormous demand for energy simply cannot be provided with today 's alternative solutions. For these reasons, opponents argue that it is more reliable to invest in discovering more oil rather than experimenting with expensive alternative solutions. Furthermore, the U.S. already has the means to efficiently process oil unlike new alternative solutions. Although it is a valid point that Fossil Fuels are easier to power America with due to years of experimentation, the environmental drawbacks out way the gain.
First we’ll start with the fact that nuclear power releases no greenhouse gasses. It has been stated by the U.S. department of energy that, "CO2 emmitions can be reduced through the greater use of nuclear energy for electronic generation." From this statement we can draw out that if we were to start using nuclear energy more we could help reduce that amount of greenhouse gasses released into the environment. Some who opposes nuclear energy may say that although this is true, but it will hurt the environment in other ways. To that I’d say that nuclear power has not done as much damage to the environment as fracking and off shore oil rigs, only when major accidents occur, which are very uncommon.
Due to climate differences, people living in northern Canada or Alaska cannot possibly produce the same goods as those who live near the equator. Adjacently, if the proposed Alaskan or Canadian residents have based their daily diets off the opposite communities’ resources and can no longer purchase their desired produce due to the boundaries set forth by food circles, their nutrition will be shifted only to the consumption of goods that can be grown and locally produced within that circle’s radius. Although there a negatives to the locavore movement that is taking America by storm, put into economical terms; the benefits outweigh the costs. Because the major negatives include only a holistic nation-wide overtaking by locavorism, positive characteristics will greatly outweigh those opposite. Communities that are eating, living, and flourishing off of the land on which they live have proven the movement to be a success.
Their cost does not count the damage they cause to the environment because of this renewable energies are more costly. Onshore winds is the only renewable energy with a cost of production as low as fossil fuels. Mandle states that there is a bias in our political funding. Our government does not want to invest in these new technologies because they are do not want future generations to suffer from tax increases. Mandle explains that not addressing the climate change situation will cause more damage to future generation than some tax increases.
Nuclear energy does not result in the emission of any of greenhouses gases and other poisonous gases for instance, nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide. Nuclear power produces clean and compact energy with no carbon dioxide and using it is the best way to stop the global greenhouse emission causing global warming (Greenberg and Heather 820).
In “Electric Cars pros and cons” by Brad Berman, he emphasizes that electric cars don 't last long, and that the lack of electric stations also hurt their range. Electric cars are not intended to go on long trips either, and the lack of these electric stations puts a higher risk for people to be stranded in the middle of possibly nowhere. In “electric cars: benefits and disadvantages” by the author of Doug Demuro, he states that electric cars are not big on the range, and that you can run out of electricity when nowhere near an electric station. For example, the Ford Focus electric and the Nissan Leaf: they have a range of approximately 75 miles. These are just the affordable electric cars as well, buying one with more range would just lead to higher costs, so having the problem with possibly stopping nowhere near a station is not one you 'd