Monday, May 26, 2008

Fossil Fuels Vs Green Energy

Oil, coal, natural gas, and Uranium are all fossil fuels. They are the remains (or an impression) of a plant or animal that existed in a past geological age and that has been excavated from the soil. Millions of years ago, during the time of dinosaurs, the heat and pressure and remains of the dead animals and plants led to the creation of the fossil fuels deep inside the earth. These fossil fuels were formed in the Paleozoic Era. They are the non- renewable source of energy. On burning the fossil fuels they emit the chemical energy stored within them. The supply of these resources is inexhaustible. Being the necessity of the modern society they are the used disproportionately. Greater use of the fossil fuels means greater release of the green house gases into the atmosphere, which in turn led to the destruction of the environment. Uranium is the one fossil fuel that can provide energy with a much smaller green cost. The only problem is humanity typically discovered the destructive potential of uranium in the guise of nuclear weapons before it considered it as the potential energy source of humongous proportion.

Wind, solar, ocean, geothermal, hydro power, biomass are all green energy resources. They are the renewable source of energy. They are the totally environmentally friendly , that do not release greenhouse gases in the process of producing energy. Only biomass is not the renewable energy source. Produced by burning organic material or harnessing the gas produced by garbage landfills, biomass release carbon-di-oxide as by products. But it can also be balanced by planting vegetation that counters the gases released. But it is the most important fuel after coal, oil and natural gas. Today's priority is the generation of the green energy in order to leave the better environment for the next generation.

Aparana Chauhan


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