Social Responsibility

A basic need for every human being is energy.  Any form of energy we use comes with a price.

The oil spill off the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 leaked onto the ocean floor an estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil.  The effect and true cost of the oil spill to the environment is not fully realized.

 

Coal is the most wide-spread fossil fuel around the world, and more than 75 countries have coal deposits.  This being the case coal power has played a major role in providing “base-load” electricity where it is most needed.  China alone now uses as much coal as the rest of the world combined.  It is estimated that 1 kilowatt hour of electricity from coal produces 2.4 pounds of carbon dioxide.

 

While Nuclear energy has no carbon dioxide emissions, concerns about operation, final waste disposal and liabilities of a nuclear accident are drawbacks.  Japan once known to produce 30% of its energy needs from nuclear, after the Fukushima nuclear accident, has none of its 54 reactors in operation.  The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and technology (AIST) of Japan, estimated the clean up to be as high as $58 Billion (US).

 

The demand for energy will continue to increase; it only makes sense to our environment that we continue to advance renewable forms of energy.

 

 

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