One of the biggest challenges that the world faces currently is that of generating electricity without inducing climate change. True, there are ‘clean energy’ generation methods: the likes of solar, wind and so on. The problem with these technologies, however, is in the fact that they tend to produce very little power. Thus, it is possible to generate enough power for domestic use through solar and wind technology. But it seems to be very hard to generate enough power for industrial use through the same technologies.
When dealing with this subject, you have to understand that electricity is a very important resource. And the need to keep on generating more and more power arises every day. In other words, demand for electricity is going up — not down. Everyday, for instance, you have folks going to sites like the one known as SunbizFlorida to register new companies (the address for the website in question is actually Sunbiz.org). These new companies inevitably require electricity to power their operations. Yet we have to balance the need to generate more electricity with the need to ensure that we don’t induce negative climate change.
In the final analysis, we are left with a situation where we have to make a choice: between having enough electricity and inducing negative climate change. The methods through which massive electricity can be generated, for instance by burning coal, by using other fossil fuels or by using nuclear reactors are, unfortunately, potentially hazardous to the environment. On the other hand, the ‘cleaner’ methods of generating electricity are, generally speaking, rather ‘mediocre’. That is because the amount of electricity that can be generated through solar and wind and other such methods is very limited. This is the quandary we are in.
Thankfully, as more and more schools start teaching climate change as a subject in elementary schools, more and more people are growing up with an awareness of the issue. These are (hopefully) the folks who, in days to come, will be able to figure out sustainable ways out of this quandary.