… and the voice of reason.
Many times, when talking about renewable energy, we run into the same two arguments:
– Why don’t we just switch completely to renewable energy right away? And:
– The renewable energy pollutes a lot during production of windmills and solar panels.
Since it is difficult to find uniform conclusions of all the studies here are a few pros and cons to the renewable energy:
Almost all of the suggested renewable energy sources are very vulnerable to weather and other climate occurrences. Renewable energy sources depend heavily on sun and wind to produce energy. Abundant rain or slow wind can reduce the production of energy. Though we tend to believe that the sun will shine for another billion years, we might not be able to see it because of pollution from factories, cars and planes.
The renewable energy works slower than the fossile fueled energy. It is harder to transport it and conserve it. Our existing inventions are not enough, and more research must be done.
As for the polluting production of components for the green energy Professor David Keith from Harvard had the following statement about wind power:
“If your perspective is the next 10 years, wind power actually has — in some respects — more climate impact than coal or gas. If your perspective is the next thousand years, then wind power has enormously less climatic impact than coal or gas.”
Keith and another Harvard professor repeated the calculation for solar power and found that its climate impacts were about 10 times smaller than wind’s.
Once in place, most of the renewable energy types have a much lower overall cost of operations than the fossil fuel methods require. This could balance out their higher cost of development and implementation.
While implementing the green energy it will create more jobs and it should be seen as an investment in our future. Once the installments are in place the prices for green energy should also stabilize and we should be able to lower our expenses for power.
But since most renewable energy is gathered slowly compared to the fossil fueled energy, we can however take a step in the right direction even before we switch to greener pastures of power.
By reducing our energy consumption we show the people in power that we are able to make healthy decision for ourselves and our planet. If we watch less TV or scroll less on the computer, wash at lower temperatures, eat more rawfood and leave the car behind for short trips, we are actually able to make a statement.
You may have heard it often. What does one household matter on the big scale. BUT:
The fact is that if all households reduce their energy consumption by just 10% by making small changes in their home, that would be almost equivalent of taking some millions of cars off the road.
The best time to start is yesterday. But now will still do.
if all households reduce their energy consumption by just 10% by making small changes in their home, that would be almost equivalent of taking some millions of cars off the road.
Our partner, ADPP Mozambique has engaged itself in several projects related to the development and dissemination of renewable energy sources. The objective of these projects is to provide rural communities with access to alternative types of energy, such as solar energy, biogas, and biofuel, to promote the use of energy-saving devices, such as firewood-saving stoves, and to encourage related small-scale business.
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