Fossil Fuels Alternatives

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Electing whether to support the development of fossil fuel alternatives or not should be an uncomplicated choice to make. The supporting evidence is that there is a predicament with the world's dependency on oil, a non-renewable energy source. This confirms that we must procure an efficient and effective alternative. There are currently many substitute resources that have been in development for decades. These include, but are not limited to innovations such as: solar, wind, hydro-electrical, nuclear, hydrogen, coal, natural gas, and ethanol. All of these are noble attempts at concocting an alternative to oil, but all fall short at the task of actually replacing oil all together. Figures such as that of the United States Geological Survey (USGS), which puts yearly world consumption of oil today at about 30 billion barrels, and the Gihan Hoke's, Oil and Gas Journal in Houston which estimates that there are only 1.266

trillion barrels if oil left in all known reserves. This startling evidence suggests that if we continue to rely on oil at the rate that we do today, a crisis is nearly unavoidable. If we are to avoid this catastrophe, we must act quickly. There are many benefits to the abundance of alternative fuel sources that are available today, however their downfalls make them a waste of time to consider as a plausible answer to the looming dilemma of the planet's current oil dependency. What is needed is an inspiration that will quickly replace oil needs and is able to grow to support the increasing appetite of the modern world. It is plain to see that what is needed is an unconventional resource that can not only provide electrical power as a fuel, but this alternative must also become a...