Many nations use energy generated from burning fossil fuels like oil, coal and natural gas. However, with the rapid growth of population, the demand for energy is increasing and this means burning fossil fuels to create energy generates emissions such as carbon dioxide and monoxide which in turn affects our environment, health and warms our planet. The long term use of fossil fuels is not viable, therefore, to combat the dependency on fossil fuels, renewable energy sources must be adopted to maintain the economic growth and development and to maintain the environment and prevents more risks of global warming. As it is stated by Turner (687) “we cannot continue to burn fossil fuels and somehow sequester the produced CO2 efficiently enough to actually address global warming.”Renewable energy is energy generated from natural sources, and it provides a clean, and feasible long-term alternative to fossil fuels. According to Mingyuan (356), “The legal definition for renewable energy involves any energy derived from the sun.” This energy sources replenishes themselves over a period of time without depleting the Earth’s resources (David 106). Renewable energy provides long term social, environmental and economic benefits. Renewable energy lowers the energy costs, creates jobs, eliminates air pollution, promotes the growth and stability of the nation, and preserves the environment.
Another major advantage of renewable energy is that it can be regenerated, and this makes it sustainable because it can never run out. It helps conserve the nation’s natural resources because it is renewable after a period of time. Renewable energy provides steady sources of energy that is reliable, and therefore enhances energy security in a country and lowers the risk of fuel spills (Boyle 45).
Renewable energy sources produce clean power, and this protects our planet from pollution. It is very beneficial to the earth and its atmosphere because it is environmental friendly and produces little or no wastes which may be harmful to the environment. Renewable energy helps combat global warming because it produces clean energy which does not pollute the atmosphere. Generating renewable energy produces no greenhouse emissions while they are being used like fossil fuels and therefore it reduces air pollution. In addition, renewable energy eliminates health risks that are caused by non-renewable energy. Renewable energy sources produce less water and air pollutants thus clean water and environment for the people living on the land.
It promotes economic stability and growth of the country. This is because of the diverse renewable energy sources, and this makes the country less dependent on finite fossil fuels like oil that is normally imported. Moreover, it creates economic development through the creation of a lot of job opportunities during manufacturing of the energy, and the installation process. Localized renewable energy manufacturing plants creates permanent jobs in...