The Viability of Clean Energy Fuels

The knowledge of the importance of renewable sustainable clean energy fuels is not new. In the 1970s President Jimmy Carter initiated a plan to have 20 percent of the United state’s energy needs met by sources of clean energy by the year 2000. This plan was subsequently derailed during the Reagan years, but the principle still stands; finding renewable, sustainable and cost-effective sources of fuel is essential. Recent historical events have once again brought home to Americans the fact that fossil fuels are untenable, and that clean energy alternatives must be sought. Those events include ongoing instability in the Middle East which is the source of much of the oil used by Americans. Still, the technological advances needed for a wholesale shift away from fossil fuels are a long way off and newly discovered fossil fuel resources in the United States may further hamper efforts to transition to clean energy fuel sources.

The Resurgence of Unsustainable Fossil Fuels
Clean Energy FuelsExamples of newly discovered resources include those found in the Ohio River Valley to the south of Pittsburgh. Natural gas reserves in several Ohio counties are capable of producing more than 1,000 barrels of oil per day along with millions of cubic feet of natural gas. Added to this is the fact that efforts to build a wind farm near Cleveland have been stalled due to resistance from the locals. New amendments to Ohio’s energy laws would make financing new wind farms even more difficult. Yet another factor in the viability of clean energy is the question as to whether such technology as electric vehicles are really as green as commonly thought. While electric vehicles do not emit gases from burning fossil fuels, there are emissions from the production of their batteries. To give these cars greater range, more batteries must be produced. Furthermore, the energy used to power those cars as well as hybrids comes from whatever fuel source is used by local utilities.Some experts such as the University of Nebraska’s Eric Holley, state that while there is no single solution when it comes to clean energy fuels, it is essential that the attempt be made to use all of the available ones. Investing in all of them solves the problems of inconsistency that plagues individual clean energy sources. Wind and sun are both unreliable due to the weather, for example. The fact is that there are many pros and cons to all present sources of power, but after a careful examination of them it is easy to say that the pros come down on the side of clean energy and investing in all types of clean energy fuels.

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