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We Must Change the Way We Live Energy is the ability to do work. There are many forms of energy. In the U.S the most consumed form of energy is gasoline. How much gasoline does the United States consume? In 2014, about 136.78 billion gallons of gasoline were consumed in the United States, a daily average of about 374.74 million gallons. The conflict with this form of energy is that it is causing global warming and contributes significantly to air pollution. If we want to sustain our planet we must use alternate forms of energy that don’t harm the environment, such as: nuclear energy, solar energy, wind power energy, hydro power energy, fusion energy, geothermal energy, and biomass energy. The pros of these alternate forms of energies outweigh the cons by far, and would help to save our planet. 1 1 Energy Informative, U.S. "U.S. Energy Information Administration - EIA - Independent Statistics and Analysis."  How Much Gasoline Does the United  States Consume?  N.p., 12 Mar. 2015. Web. 03 May 2015.
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To understand why we must use alternate forms of energy we must understand the energy problem caused by gasoline. Burning gasoline produces carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas linked to global climate change. Gasoline is a toxic and highly flammable liquid. The vapors given off when it evaporates and the substances produced when it is burned carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, and unburned hydrocarbon, contribute significantly to air pollution. The most volatile effect of gasoline is global warming, and this caused mostly by our cars. 2 Global warming jeopardizes our health, endangers our national security, and threatens other basic human needs. Some impacts of global warming include: record high temperatures, rising seas, and severe flooding and droughts which are already progressively usual. Our private vehicles are a chief cause of global warming. Together, cars and trucks account for nearly one-fifth of all U.S. emissions, releasing 2 Scott, Jeff. "Car Emissions and Global Warming."  Union of Concerned  Scientists . Union of Concerned Scientist, 20 Apr. 2015. Web. 03 May 2015.
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around 24 pounds of carbon dioxide and other global-warming gases for every gallon of gas. About five pounds comes from the extraction, manufacturing, and distribution of the fuel, while the great bulk of heat- trapping discharges, more than 19 pounds per gallon comes right out of a car’s exhaust. In total, the U.S. transportation sector, which includes planes, trains, ships, and freight, amounts for around thirty percent of all U.S. global warming emissions. That’s is a much larger quantity that than most countries in the world. As oil becomes more problematic to remove, burning gasoline will only become filthier. Using less oil is the real solution, and to achieve this we must use alternate energy sources.2 Solar energy is a great alternative energy source. To understand why solar energy is greater than gasoline we must understand the process in which energy from the sun turns into electricity. First,
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