• Andrew Murphy

Why Renewable? Finite Fossil Fuels

The majority of citizens in developed Nations can count on just a couple fingers the amount of times that scarcity of oil has caused huge wait times and sky high prices at gas pumps. The majority of citizens in developed Nations can expect this rare occurrence to be commonplace in the very near future.

By the year 2052, scientists have proven that, with a trend of increased usage, the worlds oil deposits will be depleted. That's in just 31 years time. I will be 64 years old and my unborn son will be 31. By 2060, just 8 years later, we can expect the worlds natural gas deposits to be gone. Another 30 years after that, say goodbye to coal.

It's worth stating that the sun is technically a "finite resource", but we've still got another five billion years of solar warmth to harness. It's also worth stating that renewable energy (solar, wind, or water) is a local source of energy. There's no extracting and shipping from far off corners of the world. It's available here, now, and always. If you're truly into buying local, solar energy could not be any more so.

We know our current majority energy source is finite. From the simple vantage point of future availability, we must act now to build, use, and continue to innovate with renewable sources of energy.

It may be hard to visualize some of these statistics because we can still go to the pump and get gas whenever we want or need it, but from my perspective, we can see the effects of burning finite fossil fuels first hand with Climate Change. If you are 17 years or older, you have lived through the 10 hottest years in recorded history. We have seen record amounts of wild land burned across the Western United States, and stronger, more destructive hurricanes, rain, tsunami, and windstorms.

It's time to stop looking for energy beneath our feet. It's time to turn our heads to the sky, and harness the power of sun, wind and rain.

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