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Ever since the industrial revolution the earths energy needs have mainly depended on the use of the burning of fossil fuels and why not Fossil fuels take care of 87 of the worlds energy needs including electricity heating transportation and have enabled the evolution of large modern cities and a modern infrastructure to ship people and goods all over the planet It is also cheap and convenient for companies to acquire fossil fuels Palfreman There are many drawbacks to the use of fossil fuels and one of them being the polluting that it does to our planet There have been many alternatives to the way that we acquire our energy and each one has been considered by the different scientists and politics that study this issue that the world faces These people all seem to be on the same side and that is to find a different energy source that can replace fossil fuel but they all hold different facts and opinions that will determine what would best suit the people and Earth The groups of people that tend to take side of the continuing of the burning of fossil fuels are the oil companies and the economist Oil companies obviously want nothing to do with the start of alternative fuels even though they are better for the environment and fossil fuels are running low Economists though see the facts and the logic in the switching to alternative fuels The world now uses 10 terawatts trillion watts per year and by the year 2050 it is expected to have doubled to 20 terawatts and by 2100 to 40 terawatts Palfreman With this rapid increase in population and need for energy fossil fuels are very hard to factor out of the equation Nuclear energy is well established with 440 plants that produce 17 of the worlds electricity with no carbon dioxide or other air pollutants But public concerns about safety issues currently prevent a major expansion
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