The Pros And Cons Of Coal Power

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Coal power plants are one of the top polluting sources of carbon dioxide in the world, just behind vehicle emissions. The article ‘Coal power: pollution, politics, and profits’ states that the “Negative health effects on the nearby human population, plant life, and wildlife have been hard to quantify precisely and thoroughly, and are generally not included in the cost of coal power to the consumer” (Laskowski). Due to this, the general population is not aware of how destructive this power source is. Coal power produces a number of problems that directly and indirectly effect human health, environment, and global warming. Coal contains Sulfur, and when it is burned for energy it produces Sulfur oxide. Nitrogen oxide is also emitted into the …show more content…
Solar power is a costly but efficient energy source that harnesses the energy of the suns rays to produce power. It is known that one solar panel can produce 230 watts of power. Solar power is a renewable energy that is proven to last 30-40 years on each solar panel. They are easy to maintain, sustainable and reduces electricity costs. But there is a downside to solar, from the article ‘Solar Energy Pros and Cons – Energy Informative’ states “Some manufacturing processes are associated with greenhouse gas emissions” (Maehlum 6). The making of solar panels produces Nitrogen Trifluoride and Sulfur Hexafluoride, a much more potent greenhouse gas than Carbon Dioxide. Solar panels overall are a much better energy source than coal power. Another great renewable energy source is wind power. Wind power works as air flows through wind turbines produces energy to the generators in the form of electricity. The great thing about wind power is that it’s cheap to make, does not pollute, and takes up very little space. Wind power is likely to grow exponentially over the next 5-10 years as prices of production reduce and the name becomes more popular. The problem with wind power is that it needs wind to power the turbines. It’s not always windy, and wind turbines are known to be noisy. They are also a threat to wildlife, from the article ‘Wind Power Pros and Cons – Energy Informative’ says “Birds, bats and other flying creatures have slim chances of surviving when taking a direct hit from a rotating wind turbine blade” (Maehlum 4). Wind power is a very efficient renewable energy source and will soon to become more known in the near future. Setting aside solar and wind power, another very reliable and energy source is Nuclear Power. Nuclear power produces much more energy then coal power. Nuclear power unfortunately is not a renewable resource but does not emit any Carbon Dioxide. But

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