One of the greatest problems in recent years is the dilemma of alternative forms of energy. While all of them have various pro's and con's, some are a lot more favorable than other. Some are extremely energy renewable, some are much cheaper than others, and some take up a lot less space than others. There has been a lot of disagreements as to what the best source is, pro's and con's considered. All of the sources have one thing in common: they all have a major reason that could put them over the alternatives. Amid all the argument is one energy source that tops them all, but it may be a while before it's accepted as that.
Within the world of energy, there are the extremely renewable and self sufficient sources. These include sources such as Solar and Wind. Both are very renewable and, once installed, need almost no maintenance. Where Solar takes up very little space, wind generally requires ...view middle of the document...
The con's, however, are several and drastic. In order to build a hydroelectric plant, or dam, a lot of money is needed, and it could destroy entire ecosystems if they're in its path. Geothermal, while very non-intrusive and self reliant, releases a lot of other gases in the steam it lets off. While both fairly good sources, Hydroelectric and Geothermal have many downsides.
The energy sources that produce the most energy quickest are Coal and Nuclear. Both produce energy much faster than any other energy source. The major downside to these types of sources is the sheer amount of pollution they produce, and the effect they have on the environment. Also, neither source will last indefinitely. Coal will eventually run out, and nuclear power plants slowly wear themselves out over time. However, there is enough coal to last for hundreds of thousands of years, and Nuclear power plants can be renovated and fixed as they digress.
Wind is generally the best energy source for any situation. It can be set up any virtually anywhere, and will continue to work for years without any problems. Just about any environment can support Wind energy sources. While wind “Farms” take up a lot of room, they don't take up an unreasonable amount of space, and not near as much room as Hydroelectric or Nuclear. Wind is also one of the cleanest alternative sources, and produces no pollution whatsoever. The only sources that come close to this are Solar and Hydroelectric, but Hydroelectric can potentially destroy entire ecosystems just to be built where it needs to be. Generally, Wind energy is one of the cleanest, most affordable, and reliable sources out there.
While every source of energy has its many ups and downs, some are generally better than others for different reasons. Some can produce a lot of energy very quickly, but others are more consistent, some are extremely environmentally friendly, and others take up a lot less space than the rest. Certain attributes put some above others due to importance, such as cost generally being more important than quick energy output. This one fact will be the main deciding point in what's the best source.