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Renewable Energy: Battle for future generations

It is our responsibility to conserve energy and save the environment for the generations yet unborn. Energy needs to be conserved to protect our environment from drastic changes, to save the depleting resources for our future generations. The rate at which energy is being produced and consumed can damage our world in many ways.

In contrast, the many types of renewable energy resources-such as wind and solar energy-are constantly replenished and will never run out. They are available in plenty and by far most the cleanest sources of energy available on this planet.

For example energy that we receive from the sun can be used to generate electricity. Similarly, energy from wind, geothermal, biomass from plants, tides can be used to fulfill our daily energy demands.

Research is being conducted worldwide to develop biofuel crops that require less land and use fewer resources, such as water. One step to overcoming these issues is developing biofuel crops like corn, soybeans, crop residues, switch grass etc. to each region of the world. If each region utilized a specific biofuel crop, the need to use fossil fuels to transport the fuel to other places for processing and consumption will be diminished.

The use of biomass energy has the potential to greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Burning biomass releases about the same amount of carbon dioxide as burning fossil fuels. However, fossil fuels release carbon dioxide captured by photosynthesis millions of years ago-an essentially β€œnew” greenhouse gas. Biomass, on the other hand, releases carbon dioxide that is largely balanced by the carbon dioxide captured in its own growth. The use of biomass can reduce dependence on foreign oil because biofuels are the only renewable liquid transportation fuels available.

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