Global Warming, Limitations on Natural Gas and Oil Supplies, and Use of Renewable Energy Resources
World energy resources are the maximum potential for energy production provided to the entire planet Earth. They can also be classified into non-renewable, fossil fuel, and renewable energy. The non-renewable kind of energy is the source of carbon dioxide emissions that have a global warming effect on the environment. On the other hand, fossil fuel is a substance that we are familiar with, like coal, oil, or natural gas. Fossil fuel is used in large-scale industries as well as vehicles.
All known energy resources require geologic knowledge for their extraction.
This means that they must be located where the surface of the earth is tectonic. On the other hand, solar energy resources do not require geologic knowledge or other technological advancements. They are produced within the earth’s atmosphere through natural means like solar thermal energy or convection. They require little technological know-how.
Renewable energy resources
on the other hand, are based on the sun. They include wind, hydro, biomass, and geothermal resources. Unlike fossil fuels and nuclear energy resources, renewable energy resources can pollute the environment with their exhaust. Moreover, they can become useless because of the depletion of the earth’s supply of certain fuels. Therefore, the use of renewable energy resources has been limited by the fact that they require an abundant supply of the substances that they comprise, such as sunlight, wind, water, and fuel.
Geologic factors determine how much geologic resource
a particular area has. In the case of fossil fuel resources, the amount of oil or gas in the ground determines the quantity and quality of the gas and oil that can be exploited from it. This is known as geologic resource planning. Fossil fuel cells, solar cells, and wind power generators are all examples of geologic resource planning. The process of geologic resource planning involves the assessment of how much energy resources exist in the ground and the probability of future supplies. This will help determine the quantity and quality of natural gas and oil.
Because of the finite nature of the earth’s supply of natural resources
many countries are striving to find alternate sources for energy. One of the many alternatives is the use of renewable energy resources, which are believed to be infinite. Many environmental organizations have been promoting the use of such energy resources. However, many conservative groups oppose the use of nonrenewable resources, especially oil. To this end, there are still restrictions on the export of oil, despite its limited availability and impact on climate change.
Biofuels are a promising source of alternative energy.
These vehicles only burn fuel derived from vegetable oil, biogas, or biomass. Although these vehicles emit lesser amounts of greenhouse gases than their fossil fuel counterparts, they still contribute to global warming because they involve the use of petroleum, an element that is considered a finite fossil fuel. Cars that run on biofuel do not need petroleum engines because the biodiesel fuel that is used causes the engines to burn at a higher temperature than ordinary gasoline. In addition, although cars that use biofuel produce fewer pollutants, they do not on average last as long as comparable automobiles that use conventional gasoline.