- The best thing about renewable energy is that it is renewable
A majority of our current energy sources which come from fossil fuel are limited resources. At some point in the future of humanity we will use all of them up, and there will be no more. It is true that technology will improve and we will find new methods of extracting harder to reach fossil fuels. But that doesn’t change the fact that they will eventually run out. It’s like Daniel Day-Lewis explained in There Will Be Blood “I drink your milkshake”. The entire earth is one big milkshake and we are all sticking straws into the same drink.
- Renewable energy creates jobs
I understand that there are a lot of people in the coal industry right now that are struggling to find well-paying jobs. I feel bad that due to market forces and cheap natural gas the coal industry has taken a hard hit. It seems like there are two possible choices now. You can complain that the world is not fair and slowly fade away, or you can regroup and learn new skills that will make you more valuable in the job market. Renewable energy seems like a good fit.
- Huge Potential
According to scientists from the Sandia National laboratory the potential extractable energy from the sun’s energy that hits the earth is 7,500 Terawatts Electric. Just for some reference, a Megawatt of power is enough power to run about 1,000 houses. Multiply that by 1,000 and you get a Gigawatt. Again by 1,000 and you get a Terawatt. Now I’m no mathematician but if you can sell a Kilowatt of solar power for about 3 cents, and you multiple that 3 cents by 1,000,000,000 it seems like you get $30 Million per Terawatt. So correct me if I am wrong, but that seems like if you could collect all of the sun’s energy that is hitting us, you could get about $225 billion. That is what’s falling on our heads every day, all we have to do is collect it… and that’s just solar energy.
- It takes a long time to develop new technologies and incorporate them into daily life
Refer back to point number 1. We are going to need alternative sources of power to keep our society running in the future. Those sources are not going to be developed overnight. It is a slow process even to build a power plant with our existing technology and that does not even take in to account the time it will take to develop new technologies. We need to put more effort into this beginning today.
- Man-made climate change is real
Science has spoken and it is official, the earth is heating up slowly over time and it is the result of chemicals that humans have released into the atmosphere. I think some people want to oppose this view point because they think it will lead to new regulations that will hurt businesses and the economy. I’ll admit that if we try to implement some sort of a carbon tax, it will disrupt several businesses, and new regulations will make business more complicated in many industries. But the faster we can develop new commercially viable renewable technologies, the sooner we can stop worrying about all of this stuff and remove the regulations that will become irrelevant.
If you have some other reasons why you think we need to take renewable seriously I would like to hear about them in the comments section below.