Simple Steps, Huge Journey
Many people in the United States could not imagine a world without electricity, television, radio, or heat. The amount of energy one person in America uses compared to citizens of other countries is astounding. The United States has to be an example of energy conservation to surrounding countries due to its citizens being the greatest consumers. Americans must set an example of realistic energy conservation by simply taking small steps. The fate of the world weighs heavily on Americans due to their overwhelming energy consumption.
The government should propose that American schools educate all of their students on their local environmental, as well as global impact concerning energy consumption. Lee Schipper states in Another Look at Energy Conservation (1979) that “it costs less to conserve energy than to produce energy from any new sources.” That is reason enough to take preventative measures rather than just creating new forms of energy. However, both conserving energy and creating new forms of energy are vital in maintaining energy efficiency and independence. It is time that Americans prevent further injury to Earth, prevent the decay of the only world available to humans, and prevent the loss of natural resources needed to survive.
Energy is necessary for the world to continue to function properly. Without energy the world will cease to perform normally and all will suffer. Energy use is divided as such for the American population, 28% of energy used is for transportation, 33% is for industrial use, while the remaining 39% is used in residential and commercial buildings (“Energy consumption,” 2007, ). There are several types of energy. Fossil fuel, electricity, wind energy, and solar energy, which are all used today. Fossil fuels include coal, petroleum and natural gas. Fossil fuels are mainly used for transportation and heating purposes, (“Energy Consumption,” 2007, p.44). In the 1970s the United States Government passed...