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View Full Essay More so than ever American society relies on fossil fuels. Fossil fuels include oil, coal and natural gas. Fossil fuels are overwhelmingly responsible for fueling our transportation systems, electricity, heating, and cooling. These fuels are non-renewable resources because they take millions of years to form, and reserves are being depleted much faster than new ones are being formed. Non-renewable sources are made of hydrocarbons, which supply energy in the form of atomic bonds. Energy stored in hydrocarbons can be unconfined very easy - we just have to burn them. At current usage, the coal supply will last 1,500 years. (Povey 8)   However at a five percent growth rate the coal supply will last only eighty-six years.   We can expect even greater usage as other fossil fuels become scarce.

As seen on figure one above, Society has relied on fossil fuels for our energy needs because these fuels have been relatively inexpensive and profitable for developers. Over eighty percent of our consumption of fuels is non-renewable. Currently with the drastic depletion of natural resources, rising fuel prices concerns oil suppliers. Impacting the renewable energy is gaining importance. Renewable energy also known as green energy is any type of energy not drawn from fossil fuel that has limitless availability, and creates less environmental impact, specifically pollution. Examples of renewable energy include geothermal, solar, nuclear, biomass, hydropower,   and wind power. In An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore Says, “We have everything we need to begin solving this crisis, with the possible exception of the will to act.” (Gore) Wind power is the most common renewable energy source and cost free.   The benefits of wind energy will be valuable to not just the United States but to the world.
Wind power is energy from the moving air which turns large windmills for electricity generation. Wind turbines, like windmills, are mounted on a tower to capture the maximum amount of natural...