Clean Energy, A Solution We Can Live With

Robin Wirth

The EPA has called for the reduction of carbon-based, fossil fuel emissions, and there's plenty of people on board with that notion. In Michigan state, they have discovered it costs about half as much to produce wind energy than their utility companies had expected. Additionally, the new industry provided jobs to several thousand workers, and has even sparked the tourist industry as people flock to see their windmills. In far off Lagos, Nigeria, the introduction of solar energy promises to be just what the doctor ordered towards healing their energy-based problems.

Wind and solar powers are just two of the several methods discussed in this recent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission PDF for those who are curious about last month's findings concerning America's current energy usage. And as mentioned in a previous article by The Inquisitr, even the use of cow droppings seems to be of help. In fact, even the richest man in the world, Bill Gates, agrees, "We Need Energy Miracles".

But right now as you're reading this, over 90 percent of the energy consumption in the United States still comes from carbon-based sources, namely oil, natural gas, and coal. To reach the goal of using only renewable resources within 20 years, the U.S. would have to build new clean energy capacity at ten times the rate that they built the carbon-based factories. At this point, unfortunately, the renewable factories are only growing at about half the rate of their predecessors.

M. Granger Morgan, head of the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, had this to say:

"You could look at that and just say, 'Oh my lord,' give up and go home. The point of showing you this picture is to say that we've got to get started now. We should have started 20, 30 years ago but if we don't get started the slope of those lines just get steeper and steeper. We've got a very serious problem and we need to stop fooling around and get with it, or our children and grandchildren are not going to like the world we leave them."

We all know the transition from fossil fuels to renewable fuels will be difficult, but when you consider the costs of turning our backs on the endeavor -- continued green house gas effects that will likely raise the temperature of our world to an unlivable state in just a century or less, it's work that's necessary in the grander scheme of things. We owe it to our children, and our children's children, to make this world a cleaner, safer place for them to live.