Why Oil Is Not the Future

Last week, I wrote about the dangers of continuing to rely on fossil fuels (global warming, disruption of wildlife, water contamination, etc.) and what you can personally do to reduce your oil consumption.

Today, I’d like to walk you through what experts believe is the future of energy, and why oil is not it.

While the oil market has stabilized a bit in recent months, there are many good reasons to believe that the industry is on the decline for good. In fact, petroleum consumption in the past couple of years is much lower than it was in the 90s, despite the fact that the economy grew close to 50 percent over this period of time.

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What’s causing this? In the United States, it seems to be a combination of declining vehicle miles travelled (thanks to rising gasoline prices), an aging population (replaced by younger people who drive less) and public policies shaping fuel use.

As a gal who lives in a community that relies on the production of fossil fuels for much of its revenue, this can be hard to hear. However, as an environmentalist, I believe that our collective efforts to cut down on carbon emissions will result in a healthier ‘new normal’ that keeps clean energy at the forefront.

So, what might the future look like? Here are some ideas.

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The Future of Energy

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy sources are growing fast and the world is transitioning to carbon-free energy sources (like solar and wind power) at a rapid pace. Today, Denmark, Germany and even China are on track to produce between 40 and 50 percent of their energy from renewables. Here are 3 Ways to Power Your Home with Renewable Energy.

Smart Meters

More and more energy companies are developing smart meters that use real-time data to help energy users decide how to use it. Are you interested in investing in renewable energy at home? Start by understanding your electricity consumption and where you might cut back.

Energy Storage

As battery technology grows and improves, batteries will be better able to support investment in renewable energy sources (such as solar and wind power). Keep your eye on the development of graphene technology; it could very well replace lithium batteries in the future! Tesla sure thinks so.

Thinking Local

In the future, more and more electricity will start to be generated and used locally. Think: a closed solar power system that powers your home (or your entire neighborhood) directly.

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How to Respond

Even while renewable energy is on the up-and-up, with a Trump administration leading us over the next four years, the burden falls on us as citizens and consumers more than ever. Here’s what you can do today.

1. Make your priorities known to your local and federal government.

2. Put your money where your mouth is.

3. Stop buying products that are made from oil.

4. Shop local as often as possible.

5. Educate yourself about the oil industry and its environmental impacts.

How do YOU feel about the future of renewable energy? Let us know your thoughts!

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Jim Ven
Jim Venabout a month ago

thanks

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Jerome S
Jerome Sabout a month ago

thanks for sharing.

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Patricia H
Patricia Harrisabout a month ago

The future is NOW!!!

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Joshua A
Joshua Aabout a month ago

Oil is far more polluting and harmful to us and the environment than we realize. After the 2010 Gulf oil spill, the communities of coastal Louisiana still have not recovered. I recently watched a documentary discussing the aftermath of the spill, including how oil still covers vast portion of the Gulf of Mexico floor, how coastal marshes are still drenched with oil, and how people have been sickened as a result of being around or cleaning up the oil. The investment and installation of renewable energy, particularly solar and wind, is on a significant rise, and will continue to grow for years to come. I urge everyone who reads this to support solar and wind energy, energy efficiency, energy conservation, and any form of opposition to the continuation of oil drilling and the construction of oil pipelines, especially the proposed, approved, and dangerous Keystone XL Pipeline.

PS Don't give up in the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline. There's still time.

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Christian Menges
Christian Mengesabout a month ago

Yes

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Jim Ven
Jim Venabout a month ago

thanks

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Jerome S
Jerome Sabout a month ago

thanks for sharing.

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Carl R
Carl R1 months ago

Thanks!!!

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ELIZABETH M
Liz Star Issues M1 months ago

Thank you.

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Carl R
Carl R1 months ago

Thanks!!

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