Why do we need clean energy. Name: Mena Jorree Email [email protected] School: City College Academy of the Arts. Steps of the PPA. Define the Problem Gather the evidence Identify the Causes Examine an existing policy Develop Solutions
Fossil fuels—coal, oil, and natural gas—are America's primary source of energy, accounting for 85 percent of current US fuel use.
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This graph, based on the comparison of atmospheric samples contained in ice cores and more recent direct measurements, provides evidence that atmospheric CO2 has increased since the Industrial Revolution. (Source: NOAA) Industrial Revolution. (Source: NOAA)
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Burning fossil fuels releases significant quantities of carbon dioxide, aggravating climate change. Although it gets less attention these days, combustion also emits volumes of pollutants, which can cause a variety of illnesses. The most extensive consequences across the U.S. are noted below.
Fossil fuels are relatively cheaper and readily available.
World’s machines are built to run on fossil fuels
The United Statesand most of the world’s machines are built to fossil fuel economy. Our automobiles, trains and planes are fueled almost exclusively by petroleum products like gasoline and diesel. A huge percentage of our power plants use oil, natural gas and coal for their fuel.
More Choice In Transportation
Support Clean Energy Tax Credits
Appropriate government incentives can be an important tool to speed deployment and reduce costs for clean energy technologies.
In recent years there has been federal support for renewable resources like wind and solar power. However, the government still continues to give larger subsidies to continue the mass production of coal, natural gas, and nuclear power.
UCS ( union of concerned scientists) experts work to identify and promote practical, cost-effective energy policies that emphasize renewable energy, increase energy efficiency, and decrease our use of coal and other fossil fuels.
The government needs to a fair and stable federal tax policy for renewable energy that will attract new investments and maintain the strong growth that renewables have experienced in recent years.
The Production Tax Credit (PTC)—a federal incentive that provides crucial financial support for the first ten years of a renewable energy facility's operation—offers a striking example of the benefits, and challenges, of establishing smart government policies for renewable energy.
Smart Energy Solutions: Strengthen Policy
Emphasize Renewable Energy
Enhance Policies that Increase Energy Efficiency
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