A Comparison between the Positive and Negative Effects of the Use of Fossil Fuels and Renewable Energy

The earth has been around for a copious amount of years. Everyday people affect the earth in both a positive and negative way. The most common way of producing energy is by the use fossil fuels. The use of fossil fuels can have a major impact on the earth's environment. For instance, oil spills, global warming, etc. While some difference between fossil fuels and renewable energy are evident, the similarities are sometimes overlooked.

Many of the devices people use in their everyday life can harm the environment. A highly knowledgeable article states, “Passenger vehicles and heavy-duty trucks are the main sources of this pollution, which includes ozone, particulate matter, and other smog-forming emissions” (UCS). This fact displays that a mass majority of people who drive any types of cars are considered to have an effect to the pollution of the earth's atmosphere. Carbon Monoxide is a poisonous gas that emits from cars due to the burning of fossil fuels like gas (UCS). Despite the negatives effects of fossil fuels, they provide infer structure for moving goods and people efficiently. Over the years, the automobile technology has improved the fuel efficiency of the cars and reduced carbon emissions. However, the numbers of cars multiplies day by day still adding to the green house affect. Society took a big leap when then creation of the electric car was placed in the market. The electric car is a battery-powered vehicle that runs on power rather than gas. Electric cars are very helpful because it saves the owners money since no gas is needed for the car. Although the positives of electrical cars shows great potential the negatives are why some people don't purchase them. For instance, in the article that ways pros and cons of electrical cars states "most affordable electric cars only have about 80 to 100 miles of range, and take hours to fully refuel"(Berman). This information shows that electric cars are unable to travel long distance, and that when the battery is low it takes hours for it to reach maximum charge.

People use fossil fuels everywhere they go including homes and businesses. For example, gas stoves. Gas stoves provide an immediate heat so the cook time is fast (Bean). Stoves that give off propane or natural gas are moderately inexpensive. Gas stoves produce Nitrogen dioxide, which can lead to severe health problems (Chen). Furthermore, the flame from the gas stoves can easily be blown out and affect efficiency. Electrical stoves are a more environmentally friendly. They provide a safer way of cooking. They can minimize the burns  because it preventsoil from splashing out. Some of the negatives of electrical stoves are that their reaction time to heat up is slow. Also if the power goes out the stove is completely inoperative.

Fossil fuels are most people's primary source energy. People still use fossil fuels because they believe it is more convenient. This is true due to the many facts that can back this up. For example, there are copious amounts of gas stations than electrical power stations so it would be more convenient to drive a gas-powered car when going long distances because of the unlikely hood of a charging station within the limits of a car. However, there are some negative aspects to fossil fuels. Such as the fact that is can cost more than an electric car due to the constant filling of gas to the car. Conveniently, electric cars can save money because there is no need to fill gas. Electric cars provide a less expensive and more efficient means of transportation. In addition, electric cars tend to be more quite when driving because there is no engine. Come side effects to electric cars are that they cannot be driven over a long periods. Furthermore, they take many hours to fully charge.

Despite the differences between renewable energy and fossil fuels are apparent, the similarities are unnoticed. Even though renewable energy is highly spoken, they still contain many faults. The faults that Renewable energy gives off gives a better look to fossil fuels.

However, the same fact applies to when fossil fuel's faults are evident then they make renewable energy sound better.

 

Work cited:

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  2. Bean, Marinda. "Pros and Cons of Gas Versus Electric Ranges - TopTenREVIEWS." Top Ten Reviews. N.p., 14 Sept. 2015. Web. 12 Oct. 2015.
  3. "Cars, Trucks, and Air Pollution." Union of Concerned Scientists. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Oct. 2015.
  4. Chen, Aimin. "Gas Cooking Emissions Can Stifle Infant Development." — Environmental Health News. Environmental Health News, 26 Jan. 2012. Web. 12 Oct. 2015.