Energy Crisis of America’s Future
In society today, i have learned that people are becoming more dependant on energy than is relatively important. In my household, I have started using manual hand-held can openers, placed CFL lightbulbs in every room and going one hour every night with no electricity. If only a handful of people in a handful of states would start doing little things like this, maybe America would be in for the long run.
Adequate availability of inexpensive energy is the most important demand of today. Economic growth and industrialization both are dependent on the availability of energy. But today the problem is that world energy sources are fast depleting and this fast depleting energy resources have put the world in a grip of energy crisis so this is the time to take steps to conserve the non-renewable sources of energy and also find the alternative sources of energy or another way is to tap into or harness the solar energy.
Many of the developed Western-European countries and Japan depends a great extent on imports of energy resources to meet the bulk of their requirements. If such is the condition of industrially and technologically advanced countries one can imagine the condition of underdeveloped countries. These days the main sources of energy is coal, natural gas and mineral oil and some countries even have developed capacity to produce hydro-electric and nuclear energy to some extent. But their consumption in factories and automobiles is increasing in such a manner that it would not take mankind more than a hundred years to use up all the known resources on earth. Hence the need to conserve the resources and use of available domestic resources is gaining momentum.
There are two main types of resources, which are conventional and non-conventional. Bulk of the non-conventional supplies come from vegetable waste, firewood, cow dung, besides mechanical energy derived from animal power and manpower. Among the primary sources of conventional energy coal and oil are the most dominant while electricity generated from coal and oil is the principal secondary source of conventional energy in India. Hydro power has also gained importance. Besides, solar energy is an important renewable non-polluting source of energy which can be harnessed most economically.
Much research is going on all over the world on solar energy. According to Dr. Denis Hayes, a solar energy enthusiast, the sun could be used for providing directly half of America’s total energy needs. Since energy crisis is a common problem the nations of the world have decided to focus attention on it. They decided to meet every year in the World Energy Conference. This co-operative effect can certainly help to meet the challenge and save the world from the threat of depleting energy.
Another interesting development has been the growing potential of natural gas throughout America, as to where over seas gases represent more energy than oil. One of the recent developments is that of biogas or gobargas. Besides, research is being carried out to harness solar energy, also to produce power from the waves of an ocean and wind. In fact, India’s first wave energy project is fast coming up at Vizhingam, 15 km away from Trivandrum.
So as the position of the nation stands by us, we should take immediate steps to develop alternate non-conventional sources of energy to be ready to face the challenge of tomorrow. If not, America could have a dangerous epademic on our hands and that is certainly something that we could do without. Pitch in and help AMerica stay beautiful.