Fossil Fuel Dependency and Americans

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Fossil Fuel Dependency and Americans Summer Folsom October 24, 2010 SOC/120 Joanne Colosi Jucha “In the energy domain, sustainable development ultimately requires a transition from the current fossil fuel dependent society to a society based on renewable energy ”( Noorman & Kamminga, 1998) . Americans have been dependent on non-renewable fossil fuels for decades. For most people fossil fuels are the primary energy source; used for transportation, power at home, work and school, as well as, many other things used in everyday life. Unfortunately burning fossil fuels is threatening the habitability of the planet. 98% of electricity produced in the United States comes from traditional non-renewable resources such as polluting fossil fuels and nuclear energy. The remaining 2% is generated from renewable resources such as fuel cells, wind, solar, geothermal, small hydro and biomass that cause dramatically less air and environmental pollution. Currently the United States Air Force and Military are testing and
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progressing fast with renewable energy resources; this is turn will make renewable energy more practical and affordable for everyday use. In the mean time there are simple everyday habits that can make a difference. There are a growing number of people living and advocating a greener lifestyle, in turn, increasing the sustainability for our planet. In recent American history there has been a “bigger is better” motto; bigger cars, bigger houses, bigger televisions. Trapped in the pursuit of the “American dream” people have lost the bigger picture. The exploitation of fossil fuels was suppose to improve Americans quality of life, and it has, but at the cost of the environment. “Residential energy demands include the direct demand for energy, as well as, the energy needed to manufacture consumer goods and services” Fossil fuels are, obviously, harmful to the environment, but also our wallets. Learning to reduce the usage of fossil fuels can save on money and make one a more responsible inhabitant of our wonderful earth. The main idea for reducing the use of fossil fuels starts in the home with conservation. Using less electricity, natural gas, heating, and cooling, as all most likely require fossil fuels for operation is important. Instead of using a fireplace for heating, try switching to electric heating. Use appliances that are efficient, most efficient appliances are energy star certified. Power homes with renewable energy, such as solar, or wind power if possible, if those aren't available, investigate the possibility of geothermal heating and cooling, as it can be the cheapest and more efficient source of heating and cooling in many cases. Weather at home, work, or school, turn off lights in rooms that are not occupied, it is
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