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Taking a look to the future and how energy systems in our homes can change, lobbying the state and federal government for financial incentives for alternative fuel source energy would be a major contributor to this mitigation plan. As technology improves, price declines and efficiency raises the viability of renewable energy as our homes primary energy source increases exponentially. Businesses especially manufacturing, should have increased controls in place to
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE FINAL PROJECT5not only abide by stricter greenhouse gas controls on emissions but must also be held accountable for their short comings in other environmental catastrophes. Much like British Petroleum, and Exxon were held responsible for their environmental catastrophes. Local, state and federal governmental involvement is key to successful funding, and research for energy conservation. Global support must also play a large role in the efforts to curb energy consumption. When looking at the data for energy use versus population we know immediately where the problems are. China and the United States are numbers one and two and it doesn’t look like that will be changing, however the main difference here is that the United States and China while proportionately similar in consumption our populations couldn’t be further apart. China’s population to consumption ratio is about one-to-one, which contrasts with the United States ration of one to four. We have five percent of the world’s population using twenty percent of the world’s power. Starting right here at home would be a great place. Imagine the difference we could make, having the largest energy conservation offenders here right in our own backyards. Sounds like an opportunity to do some positive work for the long-term success of energy conservation for both the environment, and the atmosphere. According to "World Population Balance" (2013), “In fact, on average, every time an American spends a dollar, the energy equivalent of a cup of oil is used to produce what that dollar buys!” That is why I believe that here is a great opportunity for us to make great strides in the fight against global warming, greenhouse gases, air pollution, and be leaders in energy conservation. Certainlywe would see the rapid change. As with any plan, come challenges. Getting people to just listen for one is hard enough but asking, influencing, guiding people to correct choices for their own benefit, well even harder.We can throw out the harmful effects of global warming, such as skin cancer cases on the rise, or
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE FINAL PROJECT6discuss the effects of asthma, and chronic respiratory distress due to greenhouse gases, and air pollution, but until something happens that threatens or causes a significant emotional change, I don’t believe we will see much effort. So people get in the way and are literally the biggest offenders and the toughest challenge in turning our environment around. On the other hand people have also been the greatest benefit and asset to evoking change. Without neighbors