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Renewables the Energy Source for Americas Future When many people thing of the United States they envision a land of freedom prosperity and wealth However environmentalists see a different land one containing six percent of the worlds population and yet producing twenty-five percent of the worlds pollution This is because much of our prosperity is direct result of our exploitation of fossil fuels They provide us with about ninety-three percent of the energy we consume For this reason our environment is becoming increasingly polluted natural habitats are being destroyed and health problems resulting from pollution are increasing steadily If our current trends continue our nation and planet will eventually become uninhabitable In order to prevent this we need a new primary energy source that is environmentally benign This source is renewable energy and is already readily available The increased use of renewable energy mainly wind and solar energy and reduction of dependence on oil is the best way to solve our current energy dilemma For the past fifty years fossil fuels have been the main source of energy in the US They are a great source of power but unfortunately they also have many setbacks The finite reserves of fossil fuels are being depleted at a rate one hundred thousand times faster than they are being formed As supplies decrease we become more and more dependent on the Middle Eastern countries for our supplies of oil recently fifty-two percent of imported oil came from such countries The most significant drawback is the amount of pollution produced by fossil fuels5 These negative impacts can be lessened and even eradicated through the use of renewable energy There are several forms of renewable energy with wind and solar power being the most effective Wind power is produced by numerous large structures known as wind turbines Wind turbines consist of rotor blades a power shaft and a generator As wind passes through the rotor aerodynamic lift is created
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