With climate change becoming a serious problem, and many countries still reluctant, unwilling, and addicted to fossil fuels, the state of the world might seem like it’s at an all-time low. However, an energy revolution is in full swing with the United States, the European Union, and many other countries making drastic changes to their energy sources with new efficient technologies, wind, solar, and hydroelectric power become cheaper and more attractive by the day. By investing in clean energy, we can fight climate change and have a better Earth for years to come. Here are 25 Encouraging Facts About Clean Energy.
Believing in its benefits, both Walmart and Microsoft put big investments into renewable and clean energy like wind and solar. Not having to depend on fossil fuels and the price fluctuations will help businesses have a better edge in the future.
The European Union, with the exception of Poland and Greece, said they will not make anymore coal plants by 2020. It was a surprise announcement and a ringing endorsement for moving toward clean sources of energy.
With technological advancements in solar becoming more efficient and cost-effective, not to mention the fact it doesn't pollute the environment, solar power is likely to become the primary source of clean energy in the future.
West Virginia could kick its coal habit and focus instead on geothermal power. After a study was done by Southern Methodist University, it was determined West Virginia could power its entire state with just 2% of its geothermal power.
Right now, conserving water is more important than ever. Thankfully, clean energy like wind and solar use very little water, with solar needing 26 gallons and wind requiring zero. In contrast, fossil fuels require 687 gallons of water.
Electric cars have a number of clean benefits, including cleaner air, less reliance on fossil fuels, and the ability to charge at home or stations that are solar powered.
A study by Harvard University showed that the public health effects of coal cost an estimated $74.6 billion every year. Thankfully, with clean energy producing no pollution, these costs can be significantly reduced.
While we know fossil fuels are non-renewable, which will inevitably make them more expensive, clean energy from the wind and sun is infinite, meaning the cost is stable and we won't have to worry about energy scarcity.