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The paper relates the argument that alternative fuels' combustion and energy levels do not match that of conventional fuels, but asserts that improving technology results in more energy output and a lower cost of production. The paper discusses solar energy or light energy as the most remarkable alternative energy source and considers the benefits of carbon capture and storage (CCS). The paper concludes that with more support, we can rid ourselves of polluting fossil based fuels and start breathing cleaner air from alternative energy sources.
From the Paper:"The most remarkable alternative energy source is solar energy or light energy. This is so because it simply is everywhere whether it is north, east, south or west. The sun rises and sets anywhere and everywhere in the world daily. Of course there are the far northern regions that do not see the sun for months on end. The point being though is the in terms of ubiquity, solar energy reigns supreme. Thus, more technology and seed money should be afforded solar power generation. We have already seen improvements in solar cells that capture and convert solar to light energy but more is needed to develop even better hardware. "Aside from its availability, solar energy is a clean source of power. Some venture capitalists think clean technology is the next big thing -- the innovation that will drive the economy, much as Internet-related ventures did a decade ago. Anytime big innovation comes along, it brings the chance to build big companies. (Covel, 2009)" It is a good thing though that the current federal administration in the United States fully supports the drive to build better and bigger alternative energy sources. This initiative plus the soon to be sign Kyoto Protocol by the United States means the country is leading the world in embarking on a paradigm shift in energy utilization and development."
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- Covel, Simona. "Alternative-Energy Companies Grow Even as Others Falter." The Wall Street Journal Online. 13 Jan. 2009. 06 Nov. 2009. <http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123181075624775965.html>.
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