Essay on Renewable Resources

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Meyer 1

Steven Meyer

Mr. Lowery

English 11, Section 2542-02

24 November 2008

Renewable Resources

Has the time come for the world to give up on what it’s relied on the most, fossil fuels? “Oil fuels the modern world. No other substance can equal the enormous impact which the use of oil has had on so many people, so rapidly, in so many ways, and in so many places around the world” (Duplar 1). There are facts showing that fossil fuels are damaging the environment, people’s health, and even our own wallets. People say that we need to go green, and find new energy sources that are affordable, reliable, and don’t damage the environment. These are the first steps towards and cleaner earth, and they are already taking
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The issue is that big businesses that relay on fossil fuels in order to stay operational don’t care about these harmful effects, making a profit is what’s important to them, “oil companies- supported by government tax benefits and subsides- have established a centralized power base which they can dictate future energy policies that will benefit their industry at the expense of the environment” (Lerner 1). Fossil fuels such as coal releases harmful gases such as sulfur dioxide, which contributes to smog, asthma, and acid rain, and these are just some of the harmful effects that are created. Not only that but the burning of fossil fuels would cause heat waves, which would bring on major health problems such as heat strokes. “Construction of new coal-fired power plants on a massive scale would extend U.S. over dependence on coal for another half century, with major impacts on America’s environment and economy” (Kutler 1). Another big contributor is Deforestation- the cutting and burning of forests that traps and stores carbon. “The longer we keep polluting the longer it will take to recover and more irreversible damage will be done” (Kutler 1). This is a very true statement, if we continued the way we are Cities and town along the Meyer 3 nation’s major rivers would be in danger due to global warming. Also the

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