Renewable Energy vs Fossil Fuels
The global economy heavily depends on fossil fuels such as oil, natural gas, and coal. Nearly all our engines are driven by gas and most of our cooking is gas-powered. Unfortunately, these resources are fast getting depleted which has resulted in high oil and gas prices.
Question is – how easy would it be to shift from fossil fuels to infinite sources of energy? Is it even feasible?
If like many others you’re just joining the debate, you need to begin by attempting to understand how the two compare. Here’s what we know so far:
Renewable Energy Is Clean
Renewable energy producers such as solar and wind firms are in a position to produce constant electricity and process vital chemicals, heat, and fuel with minimal environmental impact. Clean power plants do not use up declining natural fuels.
On the other hand, fossil fuels have to be burned to turn into electricity. During this burning process, toxic gases are released into the air, causing health problems and air pollution, while also contributing to climate change. Even the mining of fossil fuels is detrimental to the environment as the resulting oil spills pose a health risk.
Renewable Energy Sources Can Be Replaced
Creation of renewable energy is done by harnessing and replenishing the abundant natural resources. This includes the sun, water, wind, and organic waste such as manure, leftover crops, and trees that can be processed into biogas.
Fossil fuels, meanwhile, are mainly plant remains that happened to decompose under water millions of years ago. They take millions of years to be produced, and once used, cannot be replaced.
Renewable Energy Is Cheaper
Given that fossil fuel reserves only exist in a few parts of the world, countries without these fossil reserves have to dig deep into their pockets to access fossil energy. Moreover, drilling and production of fossil fuels is extremely costly and unsustainable.
Renewable energy creation and development can help reduce dependence on foreign nations while creating jobs. Compared to the fossil fuel sector, renewable energy companies contribute more jobs. Pound for pound, renewable energy is also a lot cheaper than fossil fuels.
Fossil Fuel Is Portable
The truth is the fossil fuels are a lot easier to store and transport compared to renewable energy sources. Take natural gas for example. You can produce gas in one state and easily transport it to a different state. In fact, many countries trade fossil fuel products this way. Renewable energy sources, however, cannot be stored or transported. You can’t store the sun, right? Nor can you store or transport the wind. Moreover, it takes a lot more effort and space to tap renewable energy.
As you can see, each option has pros and cons. However, we can all agree that renewable energy triumphs because it’s cheaper, cleaner, and has a negligible impact on the environment.