The Effects Of Renewable Sources On The Environment And Health

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Ontario’s electricity generation has been the subject of debate for the recent times. In the past, debate used to be based on the pricing and privatization of energy companies with the environmental impact overlooked. Electricity consumption is projected to increase and supply will fall short of the increased demand in the future. Also, projects have been approved with the aim to replace old supply infrastructure and to completely phase-out coal-fired plants in Ontario by 2014. Our province is blessed with natural resources and hence we have a variety of sources for the generation of electricity. However, most of our electricity comes from sources that are non-renewable and directly or indirectly harmful to the environment such as nuclear, coal-fired plants and plants that use natural gas. Nuclear energy provides more than half of the province’s electricity needs. Non-renewable sources of energy are cheaper than renewable sources to the end consumer. However, studies indicate that if the negative effects of non-renewable sources on the environment and health are taken into account, it is more expensive. Taking all these factors into account and looking into the future, renewable or “green” energy remains the obvious option. Green energy should be the only kind of electricity generation in Ontario because our province has the scope for it; green energy is most favourable for the environment and excellent for the economy. There is a great scope for renewable sources such as…

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