Alternative Energy Sources and New Technologies

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Edward Petrow ECO-202 Professor Farriss April 26, 2011 Alternative Energy Sources and New Technologies Oil is certainly not this countries foremost reason for military action in Iraq, having said that, the Middle East is in possession of the vast majority of the world supply of oil. If the United States had not played a hand in the re-organization of the politics in that area, Saddam Hussein could have, and most likely would have turned off their supply of oil to the United States, sky rocketing prices to un-presented heights. If the U.S. were able to restrain our reliance on foreign oil and put more effort into domestic oil production and new technologies, we as a country would be far better off. In addition, reducing our need for such an irreplaceable resource will greatly influence the environment. “When a crisis hits the U.S. or when conflict arises, we are always in a bind because of our dependency on other countries for oil. It raises our prices, and with a slowing sinking economy, the citizens cannot handle high prices.” (Unknown web source) All over the globe, various automobiles and factories expel poisonous gasses into the atmosphere; these obnoxious fumes having varying effects on plants, animals as well as people, causing sickness and death. Also, the fumes that are leaked deplete the Earths O-zone layer causing global warming. Another major problem is oil leakage, as well as full blown spillage. Around 1,000 barrels of oil per day seep into our oceans and lake waters. About 11,000 barrels
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of U.S. oil was spilled from tankers from 1980 to 1998, this number does not include barrels that have been spilt outside U.S. waters, which equals roughly another staggering 72,000 barrels. As mentioned above, the U.S. has political conflict between us and countries that are major oil
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