Renewable energy creates jobs and improves the economy, as wind turbines will not build themselves. Working Americans are recruited to construct and manufacture the machinery. These are high paying, full time jobs to build and maintain the machinery. For example, "In Kansas alone, it is estimated that wind generation is responsible for the creation of approximately 12,316 jobs for Kansas citizens" (KEIN). Not only is the job market improved, but the economy is also greatly impacted by the development of wind power. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, "Wind power is the fastest growing form of electricity in the state of Kansas, expanding at an annual average rate of more than 20 percent." On top of that, Kansas wind projects are responsible for contributions of approximately $10,414,600 per year to Kansas state, county and local jurisdictions. This is money that goes toward funding schooling, road construction, and etc. Wind energy has proven to be beneficial to not only the environment, but also to the local and state economies in a substantial way.
Renewable energy is the only answer to our world's global warming problem. Without renewables, CO2, carbon dioxide, will continue to be pumped into the atmosphere. "The signs of climate change are visible across the nation, from the drought-stricken fields of California to the flooded streets of Michigan. Extreme weather... [is] costing communities million of dollars in damage" (Beinecke). Clean energy will solve the problem of extreme weather while improving our quality of life, and also benefiting the ecosystem. One example in renewable energies, wind turbines have significant benefits over fossil fuels. For example, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists, "Harnessing power from the wind and sun is one of the cleanest and most sustainable ways to generate electricity as it produces no toxic pollution or global warming emissions." That will greatly improve the environment across the world in drastic ways. Without a growing use of renewable energy the ecosystem will continue to fall faster and faster.
Oil has been a huge factor in foreign relations for quite some time. Not only have countries gone to war over oil, but countries are completely dependent on the price of oil. That leaves countries like Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the UAE in control of the US economy. According to former President George W. Bush, "For too long our nation has been dependent on foreign oil... the way forward is through technology. We must continue changing the way America generates electric power." With the use of renewable energy, the energy will be homegrown, greatly decreasing our dependence on the world's fuel market. According to the US Energy Information Administration, in 2015 the US gross imports 9.45 million barrels of oil per day, or about 37 percent of all energy consumption, which is an all time low. That trend is only going to continue. In 2035 oil is supposed to shrink to 35 percent. On the other hand alternative energy accounts for only 10 percent today, but is expected to grow to 16 percent by 2035. This trend is only going to continue, therefore decreasing the US dependence on foreign oil.