By Ashley Benjamin
Alternative renewable energy can supplement a considerable portion of America’s energy requirements, generating both economic and environmental benefits for the country. Potential yields from the use and continuous advancement of renewable energy technology include conservation of environmental resources, improved fuel diversity, national security, and economic development. Sadly, not all people understand the benefits of using renewable energy as an alternative to traditional fossil fuel or uranium.
Fossil fuels like gasoline and coal pollute both air and water. They also affect plants and animals, though such impacts go unnoticed due to either negligence or slow manifestation. The use of fossil fuels also cause global warming. Nuclear fuel, on the other hand, is another nonrenewable energy that poses serious safety hazards. Switching to renewable energy as an alternative source can offer immediate relief to the environment by averting such cataclysms. It can also go hand in hand with fossil fuel to minimize consumption and conserve it for future generations.
Diversity and Security
You may be wondering – how can renewable energy improve national security? Renewable energy is advantageous not only because it minimizes environmental pollution and waste, but also because it adds a viable and stable source of energy to the country’s stockpile. Imagine if fossil fuel were to run out in the next 5 to 10 years. The effects would be devastating, as countries would battle each other for the remaining fossil fuel sources. This will not happen in ten years, but it will happen eventually. Fortunately, we can prepare for it. Limited energy resources make a country vulnerable to fluctuating prices and intrusions to fuel supply. Because most renewable energy resources do not rely on fuel markets, they are not affected by price changes caused by rising demand, depleting supply, or market monopolization.
Renewable energy-powered technologies not only conserve money for a country, but also produce substantial regional advantages via continuous economic development. Many states in the U.S. are reliant on energy imports. Good examples would be Massachusetts and Iowa, which import more than 90 percent of the energy they consume every year. The new technologies created from renewable energy also helps create more jobs via local resources in the latest green high tech market with huge export potential. They also open job opportunities indirectly in local support markets like financial agencies and construction companies.
It is easy to identify the potential of using alternative renewable energy, but people must not be naive of the possible downsides. A problem with renewable energy is that it is challenging to produce an amount of energy as huge as those generated by conventional fossil fuel generators. This could mean that the country will have to lower and limit the amount of electricity they use on a daily basis just to have sufficient energy for all homes and facilities.
These ups and downs may be a clear indicator that the best answer to limited energy resources is to balance different kinds of energy. If a country is able to do this, long-term gains may be procured – not only for a country’s environment, but also for its economy.