The Future of Alternative Energy Term Paper by Nicky

A look at whether alternative energy can effectively replace fossil fuels.
# 151383 | 1,735 words | 5 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jun 10, 2012 in Physics (Matter and Energy) , Political Science (General)

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The paper discusses how at present, it is clear that alternative energy cannot replace fossil fuels; a great deal of investment and research has to be made to make it feasible and affordable for the masses. The paper explains that positive change can only be brought about by the government or by big oil corporations and therefore the question of alternative energy replacing fossil fuels is heavily political, as those who can bring about a change are the very institutions that are blocking it.

From the Paper:

"Our lives are hugely governed by our individual economic desires and wants. The modern technological growth and advancements have ensured that individuals continue to prefer comfort and lavishness over manual work. Without any doubt, our desires to attain comfort and luxury demand huge amounts of energy everyday. Besides, it is the use of the easily accessible and economic energy that many countries have achieved overwhelming economic growth rate over the past hundred years (Berinstein, 2001).
"Therefore, it is highly impossible to imagine a life of comfort and latest technologies without the existence and usage of energy. The consequence for this immense use of energy is that we are beginning to rely on external suppliers for energy, the struggle to get the maximum amount of energy is attracting fierce competition from other countries and the waste products that are a result of energy use are vastly destroying the environment (Berinstein, 2001).
"According to reports, $385 million was announced to be invested by the U.S Department of Energy (DOE) for the next four years for six bio refinery projects which have the capacity to produce more than 130 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol per year (Winebrake, 2004)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Berinstein, P. (2001). Alternative Energy: Facts, Statistics, and Issues. Westport, CT: Oryx Press, 2001.
  • Campbell, C. J. (1997). The Coming Oil Crisis. Essex, England: Multi-Science Publishing Company & Petroconsultants S. A. p. 219.
  • Campbell, C. J. and Laherrere, J. H. (1998). "The End of Cheap Oil." Scientific American, March, p. 78-83.
  • Winebrake, J. (2004). Alternative Energy: Assessment and Implementation. Lilburn, GA: Fairmont Press.
  • Wirth, T. Gray, C.B., and Podesta, J.D. (2003). The future of energy policy. Foreign Affairs

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