Suggested Title – The United States Can (and Should) Be a Leader in Renewable EnergyThe United States has always been a country of innovators.
South American tribes are credited with the creation of the first version of the modern syringe, Miller Reese Hutchinson of Alabama was the first to invent the hearing aid, and without the efforts of Roger Easton, millions of people would be lost in today’s GPS-dependent world. But with consideration toward innovative implementation of renewable energy, the United States is far behind many other industrialized nations. With a history this rich in world-changing innovations, it seems counterintuitive that the United States would be so behind in such a critical industry. For a nation that is less dependent on oil and more focused on creating a better environment for generations to come, Americans must rally together to fight against oil companies and support wind and solar operations. The Trickier Problems with OilOil is a tricky business. While many Americans support its use, especially those states like Texas who directly benefit from domestic drilling, there are other reasons why Americans are oil dependent. The biggest reason, however, is the ever-growing population of America.
Because the basic United States infrastructure – the infrastructure which keeps its citizens alive — is set up to run on oil, keeping its many citizens happy and healthy currently depends upon oil. Switching infrastructure cannot be an overnight occurrence, but the numbers indicate that the switch does need to be made soon.Per day, the United States consumes about 19.69 million barrels of oil. Although this number is almost unfathomable for most to think about, what it does say is that Americans require a lot of oil to sustain the lifestyle that they have become accustomed to.
This lifestyle and this amount of oil consumption is not sustainable any way that you look at it. Setting aside the obvious environmental impacts that more citizens have become to fear, oil also is currently considered infinite when, in fact, it is increasingly finite. Even BP issued an estimate in 2014, claiming that at the current rate of production, the world can only expect another 53 years’ worth of oil usage before it is completely gone.What Experts Think About the Shift to Renewable EnergyLuckily for Americans, the general population is beginning to think more about sustainability. Composting and recycling programs have taken off across the country, and people have become increasingly aware of their carbon footprint. However, despite the nation’s best efforts to go green, there is still oil consumption to think about. Cars, trucks, and processing centers focused on creating a viable environmental change are still powered largely by oil. Reusable containers and products intended to make your home greener are also suspect.
Experts say, though, that American infrastructure can shift toward renewable energy in the next few years. The Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory completed a comprehensive study that by 2050 – a date that precedes the end of Earth’s oil – the United States can gain most of its infrastructural energy from renewable resources including wind, solar, biofuel, and hydropower.This will not only help with reducing carbon impact, but it will also save millions from unsanitary and deadly conditions caused by oil shortages.What the Average American Can Do to Encourage the ShiftWhile the full, infrastructural shift will take governmental change to implement, there are still things that the average American can do to encourage the shift to renewable energy. First and foremost, by trying to not use personal cars when possible Americans can not only save money, but also the precious, non-renewable resource that is oil. Second, reducing the number of plastics and petroleum-based products used in your home will reduce the demand for those products, slowing production of them.
Finally, keeping the pressure on both local and national government will ensure that everyone’s best efforts are being funneled into creating a national, sustainable infrastructure. Implementing this in time is non-negotiable, but implementing this quickly will help put the United States at the lead of global environmental sustainability.