What Are The Pros And Cons Of Renewable Energy

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There are many different ways energy is generated in the world today. The energy type that will be most beneficial to reduce the future impact of global warming is renewable energy. Renewable energy is overall better for the environment in the future because it releases virtually no emissions that create greenhouse gases. The EPA states that Renewable energy includes solar, wind, hydroelectric, and geothermal: including “generating renewable energy on-site, purchasing green power through renewable energy certificates and purchasing renewable energy from an electric utility”.[1] Renewable energy is often thought of as too expensive and ineffective but in reality that is not true. Renewable energy will be very beneficial to our environment in the future. …show more content…
They think that solar energy isn’t worthwhile because it is only sunny half of the day and sometimes cloudiness can affect energy production. According to the Institute for Energy Research solar energy will probably be a small part of our energy in the future because of its cost and unreliability. But it will also continue to be useful in the home and on buildings.[10] People also argue that wind turbines have too many cons. They tend to kill birds and bats who get caught in the turbines. Others complain noise is annoying to houses within their area. Also some think that they spoil scenery and block views.[11] Disadvantages of hydroelectric power are the dams that hurt the fish population and changes rivers. Also hydroelectric power is expensive. There are a limited amount of reservoirs and the potential of a drought makes this option more and more out of reach. Geothermal energy on the other hand has less negative effects. But some do argue that in extreme cases geothermal plants can cause earthquakes and it can be hard to find a location to put a plant.[12] There are many disadvantages to renewable energy but the advantages outweigh the

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