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Steven M RectorENV 100 Principles of Environmental ScienceUniversity of PhoenixProfessor Andrew WalshJuly 23, 2018Citizens of Sparksville:As the mayor of Sparksville in 2018, I wanted to share with you some of the challenges we faced regarding the use of renewable and nonrenewable energy sources. Oil, natural gas, and coal provided 83% of the energy used in the United States in 2010 (Hassenzahl, Hager, & Berg, 2011). These nonrenewable energy sources are also significant contributors to pollution. Coal-burning power plants are responsible for one-third of airborne mercury emissions, as well as the gases that result in acid deposition, or acid rain (Hassenzahl, Hager, & Berg, 2011). The United States is still heavily dependent on oil as well. In 2017, approximately 19 million barrels of oil were used in the United States per day (US Energy Information Administration 2018). The majority of this oil is used to make refined products including vehicle fuel.While we are making strides to find cost-effective renewable energy, there is still a lot of work for us to do in 2018. I took steps that I hope will increase the sustainability of the local environment and economy. We have developed land use plans and renewable energy

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