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The differences between the hard and the soft energy paths ARE the future and have been the focus of the evolution in the United States and the World in relation to environmental policy I have combined these two mid-term questions to express how the answers and the answers vacillate and juxtapose each other A hard energy path is one with a complex route expensive means for producing more power and dangerous capabilities Some examples of these NON-RENEWABLE sources are fossil fuels oil and its petroleum products and the natural gas that accompanies some oil wells as well as the recently found pockets of just natural gas and nuclear energy These sources not only harden increasingly over time but they also become scarce With hard energy paths it is often a matter of choosing power and convenience over the well being of future generations In addition choices in favor of hard paths are usually more difficult to reverse if for no other reasons than economic ones Lovins is a passionate critic of such sources condemning them for the price they exact from the environment and from posterity Lovins instead supports soft energy sources These include the windmill and more and more as societies move into the future -- solar energy These sources are usually cheaper in the long run and much simpler Most importantly they have few destructive elements and are renewable Methane and manure are also examples of the soft energy path Lovins has devoted his work to studying the two paths and their social and environmental consequences good and bad Some scientist say that the Soft and the Hard energy paths are mutually exclusive and that if we choose the soft path of a decentralist political system will follow almost automatically If we are not careful we might end up with a mixture of soft and hard energy systems both of them controlled by the hard political system we all know and
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