The Increasing Importance of Energy Resources To The United States And Other Countries
Energy resources come in many forms – some are exhaustible and others are inexhaustible and therefore can provide a solution to the growing energy needs and the scarcity in certain commodities. The two most important types of energy resources are fossil fuels and non-fossil fuels. Fossil fuels include oil, gas, coal, and uranium while non-fossil fuels are wood, agricultural, and animal feed. Some of these energy sources can be used to create energy products while others have to be imported from other countries.
One of the solutions that can be considered is “renewable energy”
It could either be generated from or fed back to the environment. Examples of renewable energy resources are solar power, tidal power, geothermal heat, and hydroelectricity. While the first types are considered by scientists to potentially play major roles in energy management and transmission, the latter is still relatively new and insufficient to provide significant quantities of energy.
One of the major problems with energy resources
is their limited nature – there is not enough of them to provide the world’s energy needs. If we continue with the status quo of finite fossil fuels and nuclear energy then in less than a century, the world’s energy resources will be depleted at an alarming rate. This will lead to severe climate change, the rise of dangerously severe weather patterns, the accelerating depletion of the earth’s non-renewable natural resources such as water and coal, and the increase of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions. This is especially worrisome for the developing world, where more people are beginning to realize the need to switch to greener energy. In this context, developing nations must develop sustainable energy facilities so that they do not suffer the same fate as the developed world.
Developing nations have a lot to gain
from exploiting renewable resources such as solar energy and wind power. These technologies are both cost-effective and easily accessible to developing countries. The infrastructure required to install these technologies is readily available in the developing world. There is also a need to build new transmission lines, which will enable greater levels of access to electricity. Another option that can be explored to exploit new forms of energy resources is to convert conventional energy resources into renewable forms such as wind and solar.
For this purpose, governments around the world
are encouraging the use of solar power and other forms of renewable energy resources such as wind power. In many developing nations, people have begun to utilize wind and solar power to generate their electricity. As a result, these people are now getting some form of monetary support to install solar power systems in their homes and businesses. This has helped these people make the transition to using alternative energy resources and they are now realizing the importance of conserving energy for the sake of future generations.
The use of fossil fuels
is limited and is losing its ability to provide the energy supply that is required by the United States and most developed countries. It is therefore ironic that the people who are most important in exploiting the natural resources of the earth are the countries that are least able to exploit them. Developing nations around the world such as India, China, and Brazil are experiencing shortages in their energy supplies. They need to rely more on wind power and solar power to make up for this. Hopefully, the political will among developed nations to explore alternative energy sources will spur these countries to make the most of their energy resources.