Humanity as a whole needs to replace our outdated energy resources with newer, more efficient, less wasteful and destructive sources. Petroleum, Coal, lead batteries and many other high-risk sources are already being replaced by cleaner and safer methods of creating and storing energy. Semi-Renewable sources such as biofuels and collected methane are being implemented to clean up waste from agricultural sources. Renewable sources such as Hydroelectricity and Solar Energy are also being implemented, but are too costly to keep up, have a high rate of waste if ever they fail, and don’t have nearly enough energy output to sustain large populations.
We will soon be required to convert to more efficient forms of thermal engines and safer nuclear energy, otherwise we will run out of energy due to inefficiencies in the sources we are using now.
Should safer nuclear plants be implemented using a less dangerous source than Plutonium and Hydrogen, such as Thorium and liquid Fluoride, we would be able to rely on only the energy output of Thorium, which is easily obtainable and also cheap to renew. This combination is used to remove the danger of using Plutonium and Hydrogen, caused by the Hydrogen atom, which when used in a nuclear reactor or thermal engine, can split and cause an explosion made worse by the spread of large amounts of radiation. Both of which can cause large areas to be uninhabitable and take centuries to clean up.
Of our resources, coal, petroleum and lead batteries are our most wasted and dangerous sources of energy. Their’ mobile, able to be compact high energy make them almost required for life as a technology advanced people. The amount of energy that they output is more than efficient enough for us to live comfortably, but the waste they make and damage they cause to environments, being un-renewable and not biodegradable means that as long as we use them, we will need areas to collect and store dangerous wastes produced at ten barrels of waste per barrel of oil(epa.gov). Coal was never regulated enough to be safe to work(Miller), and it is inefficient as an engine fuel because of the need to replace engines too often, putting more into waste piles. Waste filled areas are destructive to their’ nearby populous and are very costly for our planet and our people, as our populations increase we need more and more of the earth’s surface to be habitable. All of these sources can effectively be replaced by cleaner sources, but they are less efficient at creating the energy output that we require to live in our luxury.
Biofuels such as ethanol and methane, created by the decomposition of corn and other plant products, can both be collected and used in fuels. However, what you’re really burning when consuming plant material energy, is the Nitrogen that plants are rich in. Nitrogen is only very rarely introduced into our atmosphere and earth, from outside sources and lightning, which only rarely produces large amounts of it through...