Energy Profile within the USA

Within the United States, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, 93% of the energy used by our homes and businesses is produced by fossil fuel and nuclear systems.

Of the fossil fuels we use on a daily basis, we in the United States produce 26% of the crude oil, 88% of the natural gas and 99% of the coal. We use 6.75 times the amount of crude oil used by Russia, 2.5 times as much as China and 4.07 times as much as Japan. We spend over $1 billion dollars per day to purchase the crude oil that we need to satisfy our insatiable oil appetite. Further, we import crude oil from every oil producing country in the entire world including Canada, Mexico, and Algeria. The United States is the only major oil producer that also imports oil.

Oil vs. Solar

As a Scientist, I am only too aware of the biases that ensue when ‘so-called‘facts are presented. It is almost impossible for facts to be presented without a hidden agenda. However, I will attempt to introduce a few facts as a comparison between Oil and Solar in as natural a manner as possible. I will leave you to draw the conclusions and further hope to leave my bias at the door.

I Don’t Get it, Why so Committed to Oil?

One might say that we are in a world greedy for energy, a world that gorges itself on more and more fuel day after day. It is a reality that, even in the most destitute places in the world, the major sources of energy is the supply of fossil fuel. This fuel is used to power our houses, our cars, and our businesses. Every aspect of our lives is touched by fossil fuel every day (more precisely, every second) of our lives. We are totally addicted to fossil fuel. If you disagree, I dare you to go a day, or even a single hour without using any fossil fuel or any product fueled by this energy source.  I asked a friend of mine this morning to tell me what he thought would happen if we should cut off the supply of oil in our country and he suggested that we would experience total anarchy and I completely agree with him.

Solar — The Wave of the Future

Did you know that enough energy reaches the earth every hour from the sun that can provide energy for every household and business in the world for an entire year? Further, the sun is expected to last another 30 billion years.

The sun is the source of all energy on the earth, be it fossil fuel, coal, wind, wave, or nuclear. The sun is also the source of all life on the planet. Therefore, without the sun, mankind would not exist and the earth would not even be imagined.

The Apathetic Malaise and the Green Movement

It is interesting to note that whereas those people who trumpet personal responsibility seem to have no regard for the planet in which we all live. It is very easy to declare that we are not affecting the earth in any way and cast a blind eye to the facts that are staring us in the face. The fact is, if we do nothing, then the consequences could be significant. Are we willing to simply ignore the issues, however small they may be, and wish that the cry for helping to protect the environment is all a fake? Can we really afford that risk, especially when there are better alternatives? Where is the personal responsibility in that?