Earths Natural Heat vs Its Minerals Essays

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When it comes to the global climate change issue the race is on to try and find an answer to stop polluting our planet but still fulfill all our energy needs and continue to keep up with the seemingly ever-growing population growth. There are many options and many different beliefs on our global climate situation but when it comes down to it we have two types of energy sources; renewable and non-renewable. One of the few renewable resources out there is Geothermal heat and has very little harm on the environment and may be one of our best answers to solving this climate change crisis or at least combat some of damage. Then there is Nuclear energy which is used to generate about 20% of the United States electricity right now, it’s effects …show more content…
They use looping pipes so that more length can fit inside the ditch and be more efficient. Currently Klamath Falls has the largest use of geothermal energy in Oregon and use this source to power more than 500 homes, 7 schools, 13 apartment buildings, 1 medical center, 1 county jail, 8 schools and many other buildings, there are also three snow melt sites in Klamath Falls. Geothermal energy in Oregon however only accounts for a total of .12% of its entire energy make up, coming in after Solar energy and Landfill Gas. Nuclear energy makes up for a bit more of Oregon’s energy totaling 2.8% of their total energy sources, even though the source is out-of-state, in Washington called Columbia which has a 100% efficiency capacity of 1,200MW. Nuclear energy used to have more of a presence in Oregon but after 2004 when it’s nuclear power plant, Trojan a 1,130MW plant was finally decommissioned after 17 years of being in service. Oregon’s nuclear energy future really starting dwindling in 1980 when a ballot to ban further construction of any more nuclear power plants passed, Trojan’s life was limited at this point. Nuclear energy is created by making heat through a process called fission, which is when uranium atoms are split apart to create heat, the heat then gets turned into electricity by generating steam. The heat from the fission process boils water inside the reactor vessel, creating the steam and then turning a turbine generator

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