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Running head: RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES ON OIL DEPENDENCY 1 How Will Impacts of Renewable Energy Sources Affect a Nation's Dependency on Oil? Shanae Haan GENS 320 Physical Geography November 11, 2017
Running head: RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES ON OIL DEPENDENCY 2 How Will Impacts of Renewable Energy Sources Affect a Nation's Dependency on Oil? Over the last decade the rising prices in gas have shown that our dependency on oil may soon come to an end. The United States is one of the largest users of oil next to China. The fossil fuels needed to create oil are decreasing at a rapid rate and our time may be coming to a close being dependent on oil. Renewable energy sources such as solar power, wind power, renewable fuels, or geothermal technology will decrease our dependency on oil. Yetiv and Fowler (2011) quote president Obama on his opinion of oil dependency that the United States, “ can remain one of the world's leading importers of foreign oil, or we can make the investments that would allow us to become the world's leading exporter of renewable energy. We can let climate change continue to go unchecked, or we can help stop it. We can let the jobs of tomorrow be created abroad, or we can create those jobs right here in America and lay the foundation for lasting prosperity." Oil dependency has many opportunities as well as drawbacks as President Obama pointed out. We can either take hold of this issue now and create economic as well as environmental benefits, or suffer the consequences later. Renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power can decrease the dependency on oil by creating abundant gas and making energy cheaper which creates higher energy consumption. By using more solar and wind power oil can be used less and more renewable energy is distributed. (Davis & Shearer, 2014) Over the years our supply of oil will decrease but if we continue to use renewable energy sources our energy supply will gradually increase. Davis

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