Government support on alternative sources of energy - Emission-free power (clean air)
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The Earth’s climate is changing. On a global scale, weather patterns and temperatures are changing quickly and with no predictability. Climate science is a complex subject. Scientists and scholars around the world have conducted research to help people understand our unpredictable climate. Climate itself is the result of the interaction among dozens of factors. Because of that, one is not able to just observe changes in one element and connect them to a specific climatic effect -- which makes explaining global warming a challenge. The largest natural contributor to warming up the Earth is the Sun. The Sun is the largest nuclear reactor. “The Earth receives 84 terawatts of solar power every moment -- that's 84 million million watts.” (http://sciencing.com) Some of the energy is absorbed -- heating up the air, water, and land, creating climate change as the Earth orbits. Some of that infrared radiation, however, does not make it back to space -- it gets reflected right back to Earth’s surface. It's trapped. An easily explained example of the process:
“A pot of heating water on the stove feels warm, and it steams. The heat you feel, and the steam you see are both ways the pot is getting rid of energy, but more energy comes in than goes out -- so the pot heats up. The same thing occurs with the Earth: If more energy comes in than goes out, the Earth heats up.” (http://sciencing.com)
The natural atmosphere holds gas that reflects some infrared heat back to the Earth. Human activity is adding to the level of greenhouse gasses, increasing the reflection, changing the balance and making the average temperature go up. The most commonly known greenhouse gas emitted is Carbon Dioxide (CO2). There are other greenhouse gasses such as: methane, nitrous oxide, and even more. There are several man-made sources emitting greenhouse gasses. Man-made sectors that negatively impact our environment and emit harmful greenhouse gasses are electricity, transportation, industry, commercial-residential, agriculture, land use and forestry. Greenhouse gas emissions from power plants are the largest contributor to rising temperatures. A greater emphasis on cleaner, alternative sources of energy is the need of the hour to retard the upward incline of global temperatures.
“Carbon dioxide (CO2) in its gas form is an asphyxiant, which cuts off the oxygen supply for breathing, especially in confined spaces. Exposure to concentrations of 10 percent or more of carbon dioxide can cause death, unconsciousness, or convulsions. Exposure may damage a developing fetus.” (https://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov) With lower levels of exposure, a person might experience shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, headache, fatigue, confusion, and much more.
The vast majority of CO2, greenhouse gas emissions, are from the man-made Electricity sector. The Electricity sector involves the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity. Scientist and scholars from around the world have now created reasonable plans to decrease CO2 emissions. “87 percent of all human-produced carbon dioxide emissions come from the burning of fossil fuels like coal, natural gas, and oil.” (http://whatsyourimpact.org )By switching the way we generate our energy, people around the globe can contribute to reducing CO2 emissions, hence ensuring global warming does not become a situation where future generations are unable to survive.
I am writing you to ask that you help make Nuclear Energy a possibility.
“More than 70% of America’s emission-free power (clean air) comes from nuclear energy sources.” (https://www.dosomething.org)The countries with the most reactors are the United States, which currently has 99 reactors, France with 58 reactors, and Japan with 43 reactors.(This data is taken from the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Power Reactor Information System, which was last updated on 8 August 2015) According to the Nuclear Energy Assembly, “Nuclear energy stations do not produce air pollutants or greenhouse gasses when they generate electricity. The life-cycle emissions from nuclear energy are comparable to other non-emitting sources of electricity like wind, solar and hydropower.” (https://www.nei.org) The time is now to eliminate coal and oil as sources of energy and to make the shift to nuclear energy to save the planet.
Nuclear power can eliminate and reduce current CO2 in our air and allow an abundance of electricity.
"While we are in favor of renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, and hydro, we reject the environmental orthodoxy that climate change can be solved through renewables alone, particularly as global energy demand is poised to triple over the next century. We support continued energy innovation, and work to create openness to a wider array of clean energy technologies, such as nuclear power and carbon capture, that can be deployed at the scale necessary to reduce global greenhouse emissions and provide energy access to people in the developing world who strive for the same energy-rich lives that we enjoy in the west. Including a broader set of clean energy technologies in the policy toolkit can also help create common ground and reduce political polarization on climate change."(pritzkerinnovationfund.org)
The complex climatical issue is now premeditating interfering with the American/human lifestyle. How are we to stop our electricity and transportation use to help prevent the Earth from smothering the future generations with greenhouse gasses, such as CO2? What options do Americans have? Some conservative minds have a false reality that if global warming was ignored in the past, then there is an option to continue to ignore global warming as if it does not exist. There are some groups that want the option to use only green sources for energy and transportation needs. This they hope will ensure the planet is safe. It would be easy if all countries, states, cities, etc. on the planet have the same wind, solar, and water resources to produce the perfect amount of energy needed, on a continuous basis for those living within the area of their natural energy source, such as a solar panel, windmill, etc. Everyone wants and needs access to electricity 24-hours a day, 365 days a year regardless of the season.
Progressive minds have found a way that allows for an abundance of electricity, not only for Americans, but for people all over the world. Countries such as France and Japan have already been advancing for the future of energy. The progressive idea can include people that currently have no electricity resources at all.
"Conservation is deeply intertwined with climate and energy issues. We should aspire to be a world in which energy is clean, cheap, and abundant; seek to enable this reality without using up the earth’s resources, which will require employing dense forms of energy. This is one reason that relying on renewables alone to solve climate change would be problematic: scaling wind and solar requires massive amounts of land, while hydro has obvious implications for waterways. Preserving the earth will require more than just restricting access to natural spaces. Conservation necessitates technological innovation, urbanization, and other key elements of modernization that make human societies less dependent on nature." (pritzkerinnovationfund.org)
A vigorous debate is in progress over the extent and seriousness of rising surface temperatures, the effects of past and future warming on human life, and the need for action to reduce future warming and deal with its consequences. Nuclear energy has a vital role to play in the future for providing clean energy for sustainable economic development around the world. Nuclear energy is by far America’s largest source of clean, emission-free electricity, producing no greenhouse gasses or air pollutants. The United States commitment to the environment and man-kind extends to protecting wildlife and their habitats.
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