Sources of Energy That Can Replace Fossil Fuels

The limited energy on Earth is also less and less environmental pollution is more serious. In the era of rapid economic development, people faced with many problems. For example, depletion of fossil fuels, water scarcity, global warming and environmental pollution. People know that energy is like the blood of the economy, it can drive the rapid economic development. Likewise, it also affects each country's military forces. Now the most important are the energy problem. So, people development and the importance of finding new and renewable energy. When fossil fuels have not been exhausted, there is the need to think about these issues. Whether people should look for a new kind of fuel to replace fossil fuels? Should new fuels use green renewable fuels? Will new energy bring about much of the economy? The following article will analyze the above issues and the views of different industries.

Fossil fuels are the natural experience of millions of years gradually formed, is the gift of nature. So far, they mainly refer to coal, oil and natural gas. Now, fossil fuels are used in three aspects: mainly used for oil transportation, natural gas is mainly used for heating, coal is mainly used for power generation. When we drive to work or to travel, and when we winter in a warm room in the Internet, we will realize the benefits brought about by fossil fuels. However, when the weather was gloomy always see the clear sky, when the sky fog hazes out to wear masks, people will know that fossil fuels also bring us harm. However, now many scientists are trying to find new energy, hoping to replace fossil fuels. There are some scientists believe that power is most likely to replace fossil fuels. Because in the electricity and people's lives have been inseparable. There are many car companies including the introduction of new electric cars and hybrid cars in constant attempts, such as Tesla, BMW, Mercedes, Porsche and Audi. These electric vehicles and hybrid electric vehicles in the government's support is very popular with consumers. Manufacturers to better popularize electric vehicles, many gas stations have been set up to the car charging devices. This shows that electricity is trying to replace fossil fuels. In a detailed academic report described “The report analysis 18 of the most viable power production alternatives. It also considers such important factors as resource and materials supply, resource location, transportation, waste disposal issues, and others to create a full life cycle picture of each technology's impacts.” (Brilliant 3) He referred to the problem of energy transport in the report. In more alternative energy sources in electricity, transport is the most convenient and efficient. Moreover, low contamination during use. In the selection of alternative energy sources to consider various factors, electricity is very advantageous. However, there are many people to keep the opposition. Opponents argue that the current situation in the short term is no new energy sources such as fossil fuels, like the economy, stability and convenience. Because if you want to use electricity to replace fossil fuels from the economic angle analysis is uneconomical. There are many ways the production of electricity, such as: nuclear power, wind power, hydropower and thermal power. Opponents argue that the popularity of nuclear power generation technology is relatively mature. However, the construction of nuclear power plants through a very rigorous research and review, choose construction site conditions are harsher. At the same time for nuclear power plants around the radiation, pollution is high. Also, the cost of nuclear power plants, long construction period. As the author, Marina Boor wrote in his blog talk about "Disposal of radioactive waste is one of the major issues. However, great debate is there if radioactive waste is more manageable and less harmful than other toxic industrial waste. This is a topic in itself And this is not the right place to discuss such a complex issue.” (Boor 16) The cost of nuclear power plants is high and the construction period is long. Nuclear power plants produce more radioactive contamination in the production of electricity in the process. If there is no national policy assistance, it does not have much economic advantage. Not to mention the popularity of nuclear power plants. So, there are many people do not agree to replace fossil fuels. Opponents also agree that wind power and solar power is not desirable. Although their cost of construction cost is low. However, the relatively low production capacity, technology is not mature enough. However, also, because of the solar panels in the production process because of more economic interests, leading to pollution is more serious. In an academic report mentioned: “Most manufacturers recycle this waste to make more polysilicon... So recycling this waste can save manufacturers money. But the reprocessing equipment can cost tens of millions of dollars. So some operations have just thrown away the by-product. If exposed to water—and that's hard to prevent if it's casually dumped... acidifying the soil and emitting harmful fumes.” ( Mulvaney 6 ) In the report more data and case studies prove that the solar panel manufacturing process more problems. For land contamination, air pollution and water pollution is serious. For example, manufacturers to increase the profits of enterprises, harmful byproducts casual emissions. Polluting a lot of land resources and water resources. So, people think solar energy is not so green.

In the range of options in the new energy, there is a promising energy professional. It is a biofuel, a fuel produced by biological resources. The current production technology and the use of technology have been very mature. Biofuels in many countries have been widely used. In the present era, oil prices are getting higher, while grain prices are very low. The production of biofuels is the main raw material of corn, soybeans and other food, reducing the cost of fuel. Regarding environmental protection, biofuels can reduce the greenhouse effect. In a professional report wrote: “Biofuels burn cleaner than fossil fuels. They don't produce sulfur or aromatics... They still release greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide but do so at reduced levels. According to a report by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), biodiesel produce 78.5 percent fewer carbon dioxide emissions than petroleum diesel.” (Strickland 4) The authors use the simplest data to tell people about the environmental benefits of biofuels. In the use of biofuels in the process relatively cleaner.

In front of mature technology, the use of biofuels and many people expressed opposition. For example, environmentalists, fossil fuel miners and the poor. Because of the raw material for biofuels mainly from food, leading to a rise in food prices. The reason for many poor people cannot afford food. Simultaneously biofuels led to the falling oil prices. After scientists showed those biofuels more advantageous than fossil fuels, but it is impossible to meet the energy needs of society. Even if US corn and soybeans are all grown for biofuel production, they can only meet 12% of gasoline demand and 6% of demand. (zFacts) While corn and soybeans must first be full of grain, feed and other economic requirements, cannot all be used to produce biofuels. But in recent years the global food shortage is getting worse. There are more and more people cannot eat. There is a part of the reason is that the development of biofuels. Data show that rice prices rose by 217 percent between 2006 and 2008, with wheat prices up 136 percent, corn 125 percent and soybean 107 percent. (Wikipedia) Because of the food price inflation for many people income inequality.

In a report, three ways of saying that biofuels affect the food market are: "First, it has diverted grain away from food for fuel, with over a third of US corn now used to produce ethanol and about half of vegetable oils in the EU going towards the production of biodiesel. Second, farmers have been encouraged to set land aside for biofuel production. Third, it has sparked financial speculation in grains, driving prices up higher." (Chakrabortty 14) In this report, word choice is formal and unbiased. But also, contains more information and data on national energy, so that the report more credibility. This makes the article very intuitive to tell the reader to convert food into biofuels instead of fossil fuels issue faced. In the human side has the most important element - water. Water not only creates life but also produces electricity. Many scientists believe that converting hydroelectric power into electricity through hydroelectric power stations is likely to replace fossil fuels. Hydropower environmental benefits of biofuels. In the use of biofuels in the process relatively cleaner.

In front of mature technology, the use of biofuels and many people expressed opposition. For example, environmentalists, fossil fuel miners and the poor. Because of the raw material for biofuels mainly from food, leading to a rise in food prices. The reason for many poor people cannot afford food. Simultaneously biofuels led to the falling oil prices. After scientists showed those biofuels more advantageous than fossil fuels, but it is impossible to meet the energy needs of society. Even if US corn and soybeans are all grown for biofuel production, they can only meet 12% of gasoline demand and 6% of demand. (zFacts) While corn and soybeans must first be full of grain, feed and other economic requirements, cannot all be used to produce biofuels. But in recent years the global food shortage is getting worse. There are more and more people cannot eat. There is a part of the reason is that the development of biofuels. Data show that rice prices rose by 217 percent between 2006 and 2008, with wheat prices up 136 percent, corn 125 percent and soybean 107 percent. (Wikipedia) Because of the food price inflation for many people income inequality.

In a report, three ways of saying that biofuels affect the food market are: "First, it has diverted grain away from food for fuel, with over a third of US corn now used to produce ethanol and about half of vegetable oils in the EU going towards the production of biodiesel. Second, farmers have been encouraged to set land aside for biofuel production. Third, it has sparked financial speculation in grains, driving prices up higher." (Chakrabortty 14) In this report, word choice is formal and unbiased. But also, contains more information and data on national energy, so that the report more credibility. This makes the article very intuitive to tell the reader to convert food into biofuels instead of fossil fuels issue faced.

In the human side has the most important element - water. Water not only creates life but also produces electricity. Many scientists believe that converting hydroelectric power into electricity through hydroelectric power stations is likely to replace fossil fuels. Hydropower article: “but building the dams for hydropower plants can be amazingly destructive for humans and ecosystems alike. In China alone, 25,000 dams have forced over 23 million people from their homes. The Three Gorges Dam alone displaced more than 1.3 million people, many of whom were sent to urban slums or barren plots of land." (Mann 8) The article through examples of practical cases, to expose the green behind the shady green. Using data to tell people hydropower to human living environment caused great harm. Through the above analysis of nuclear energy, wind power, hydroelectric power and biofuels, these energies have their advantages. But also, has many shortcomings. Because the technology is not mature enough, the negative pollution is too serious, but also the impact of economic interests. So, there is still a long way to go before new fossil fuels can be replaced by new renewable sources of energy.

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