Renewable Forms of Energy

These days, it seems like everyone is obsessed with the words "natural" and "organic.” Farmer's markets and grocery stores like Trader Joe's have become more popular as it has become fashionable to demand organic food and use household items that have been derived naturally, like herbal soap and recycled toilet paper. However, this craze has yet to reach the energy industry, as we are still reliant on fossil fuels and oil for much of our transportation and daily living needs. Many people believe that it would take a great deal of resources to convert from our current way of life, but renewable energies are already available, and with more support they could soon eliminate our dependence on destructive energies.

Renewable energies come from sustainable sources that naturally replenish themselves, like the sun's ray's and heat, and the wind that whistles through hills. Even our vast oceans hold stores of energy that we have yet to tap. Further research for these sources is necessary, as “Every state in America can produce its own energy from clean, renewable sources, keeping millions of energy dollars in-state, reducing pollution, and creating new jobs and new sources of income,” (“Renewable Energy For America”).

The list of the different types of renewable energies available to us is continually growing, but the most common forms are solar, wind, heat, and ocean-thermal. Editor Lindsay Morris talks about solar energy in her popular science article, conveying her information with a focus toward the general public as an audience, and she describes the process of how solar panels are made and details how much their presence helps us daily. Solar energy is the most well known form of renewable energy, and solar panels may now be found on top of houses or office buildings, and inside sunny rooms as phone and small appliance chargers. An article by Alain Bensoussan, an honored researcher, presents a large quantity of statistics about how much wind energy both costs and saves us. This information can be readily used by educated people and those who apply themselves to draw conclusions from charts and graphs, even though the vast majority of people will simply gloss over this article. Windmills are a common sight along the California highways that are surrounded by hills, and many towns in the midwest are familiar with these large turbines. The short story written by Steven Dufresne breaks away from the other literary sources, as it implies that if more people were as excited about finding alternative forms of energy like its protagonists, we could find new ways to solve this energy crisis.

The story also explains how one of the lesser-known forms of renewable energy, hydroelectric dams, work. An article from the Wall Street Journal continues to delve into the wealth of information there is about forms of energy, more specifically about how ocean-thermal energy is harnessed. (Totty) Each source was written by people who researched their subject thoroughly and knew what they were talking about. While the popular science article, the short story, and the newspaper article all contain some bias toward becoming environmentally-friendly, the scholarly article remains unbiased in its data and conclusions. The scholarly article also gives its audience tangible facts and numbers taken from real surveys, whereas the others merely expected their audience to take them at their word.