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The Fuel Duel: How Utilizing Alternative Resources Saves Our Planet

The fuels that most people use come from coal, oil, and gas. All of these fuels produce a lot of CO2 during production and use. For example, one large coal plant that produces around 3 million tons of coal will end up releasing about 11 million tons of CO2. This compound is what most environmentalists are worried about. CO2 is being released into the atmosphere at a rate the world has never seen before, which is trapping more of the sun's heat within the planet. This issue causes the greenhouse effect. There are plenty of alternatives to consider to help save the earth.

Wind Power

Wind power has been around for some time. It uses the wind to produce electricity. The amount of electricity that wind power produces is not strong enough to sustain the lifestyle that people have chosen to live, but this technology is improving. A group of scientists have successfully launched airborne wind receptors that capture the wind at higher altitudes where it is steady and stronger. The reason this type of power source is coveted is because it produces power in a clean way, as no CO2's are released into the atmosphere.

Hydropower Rules

Dammed water is not a new option. This practice has also been used for some time. It helps control water by making sure water flows only when necessary. These structures create pressurized water systems, which has the potential of becoming a power source. The potential remained untapped for some time until researchers started to see possibilities. The idea is to harness the water pressure through devices that are equivalent to wind power turbines. Dammed water is something people already use, and now it can be used in more ways than one.

Solar Power

The sun radiates enough power to sustain the entire the planet. In fact, it actually gives off 10,000 times the amount of power needed to provide enough power to everyone. The best part about it, though, is that the sun provides renewable energy, yet solar panels do not produce CO2 in order to get that energy. Even better, you can get a solar panel system pretty much anywhere in the United States, because using this type of energy is becoming more popular all over else every year.

Geothermal Hotness

The earth gets hotter the deeper you go into its crust. The heat gets so hot that water turns into vapor quickly and shoots out at incredible capacity. Geothermal energy harnesses the pressurized vapor to help generate electricity. Geothermal energy does produce some CO2 emissions, but the number is practically zero, especially when compared to its counterparts. It is estimated that only four percent of CO2 is produced with this particular method. The use of chemicals is dramatically reduced when compared to coal, gas, or oil. This helps prevent contamination even further.

Of course, these are just a few alternatives that are attempting to help ensure the future of the earth. There are more impressive options that are still being explored. For example, leading researchers around the world want to go beyond traditional solar power and harness more of the sun's energy. It is estimated that around 50 percent of the sun's energy does not reach into the earth.

The idea is to place satellites around the earth with receptors that will direct the energy into solar panels. This will convert the energy into microwaves of energy that will be sent to the earth's receptors. It might sound like science fiction, but the technology only needs to be expanded and perfected.

Here is to hoping that this article educated you and left you more inspired to be more energy efficient. Our planet is counting on you, our government and our entire species to be more responsible with our resources.