Renewable Energy: What's the Debate?
"Coal makes up approximately 28% of the worlds total energy needs, and is consumed at an alarming rate with nearly 1 million tons of black coal burnt in Australia in one day, and is worth about five billion annually just to Australia. But coal is nonrenewable and it is predicted the worlds coal reserves would be gone within the next forty to fifty years. (Taylor, 1). This statistic is frightening to many Americans. With the rate coal is being used up, along with other fossil fuels, what will the next generation of Americans use for power? Could you imagine coming home from work and having to stoke up the firewood in the stove to keep warm? Renewable energy is something the world should take on seriously. Renewable energy resources such as biomass, geothermal, hydropower, nuclear, solar, and wind are going to be the main sources of energy for our planet in the future.
Renewable energy is produced from resources that are constantly replaced (Renewable Energy Primer, 1). These energy sources are "renewed as we use them. Most of the sources mentioned above are replaced by nature, but some are not. Nuclear energy, for instance, is created from a naturally