How can we make our energy use sustainable in the United States?
With a finite amount of resources being used for energy production, and with the majority of them being consumed in the United States, we must find a way to obtain the energy we need today without compromising future generations well-being.
Currently, the main way of generating energy in the US involves using steam turbines. The way a steam turbine works is by burning fossil fuels which vaporizes water to generate steam. The steam is forced against the turbine causing it to move a shaft the turbine is connected to. This shaft is also connected to a generator. The generator converts its mechanical energy to electrical energy based on the relationship between magnetism and electricity in the generator. The problem that lies in here, is the fuel used for the superheating the water are mostly fossil fuels; fuels of which are non-renewable, and when burned are hazardous to the environment. (CFC’s sox gas, co2 pollution, acid rain etc.)
There are alternatives to using fossil fuels to create energy, but the main problem with them is they cost more money/resources to generate the same amount of energy that just burning, for example, coal would. This is a problem to businesses, consumers, and even the government. It takes energy to manufacture goods and using more expensive, alternative forms of energy would make that product cost more. The thought of a product costing more to make/costing more to consume is not very appealing to either businesses or consumers. Major changes in economy could be caused by changing the ways in which the U.S. produces energy.
The main consequence that arises from using non-sustainable energies is an overall compromise of future generation’s wellbeing. With using fossil fuels that damage the environment and using non-renewable resources to do it not only future generations in the United States will be hurt by the problem, but future generations worldwide would...