We live in a world that is constantly making advancements in technology leading to a longer and more fulfilled life. But what allows us to make make these large strides in the never ending field of technology? The answer is simple, energy. For years the main source of energy in the USA has been the fossil fuel, coal. But we have reached a point where it is now a safer and smarter choice to use clean renewable sources of energy such as wind turbines and hydroelectric dams.
Burning coal has been a main source of producing energy in the USA since the Industrial Revolution in steam engines, which is due to the fact that it is a cost effective and a highly productive way to produce energy. However, there are many negative effects on both the environment and human health as a result of burning the the fossil fuel.
The use of wind turbines is a safe way to produce energy it also has the potential to save our government a large portion of money in the future. “ According to the Wind Vision Report, wind has the potential to reduce cumulative greenhouse gas emissions by 14%, saving $400 billion in avoided global damage by 2050.” (Advantages and Challenges of Wind Energy).
Hydropower is a way to produce clean energy, and all that is needed is a water source. Hydropower harnesses its energy through the movement of water which also spins a turbine, a great example of a hydroelectric dam would be the Hoover Dam located in the Grand Canyon.