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NONRENEWABLE SOURCES OF ENERGY

NONRENEWABLE SOURCES OF ENERGY

For decades, man has been using fossil fuels as a source of energy. They need energy for electricity, transportation, heating, and colling their homes. The energy from fossil fuels has made all these possible. Fossil fuels are derived from the remnants of prehistoric plants and animals. However, when they are burned to produce energy, they emit harmful gases into the air. This causes air pollution and affects the health of the people. Air pollution can cause respiratory diseases, allergies, neurological diseases, and even different forms of cancer. They also contribute to global warming and climate change. When it rains, these harmful gases mix with rainwater and pollute our waters. This makes water unsafe for consumption for both man and animals. The acid rain also affects the level of acidity on land which poses dangers to those organisms that depend on the land for their survival. So, burning of fossil fuels to produce energy can cause air, water, and land pollution which can affect the people’s health detrimentally.

Nonrenewable sources of energy such as fossil fuels are not good for the environment. However, human depend on energy for their necessities and convenience. That is why there is a need to find alternative sources of energy – more sustainable and friendlier to the environment. We must find ways to convert to renewable sources of energy because we know that energy is essential for our survival. Since energy is already such an indispensable part of our existence and more so in the coming years, we have to find sustainable means to get energy and those that will not harm the environment. We must also think about the next generation – the resources that they would have and the environment that they would live in. This puts everything in perspective. We must support renewable sources of energy for our health, environment, and future.

SOME THOUGHTS ON CLIMATE CHANGE

SOME THOUGHTS ON CLIMATE CHANGE

Capitalists, oftentimes foreign companies, have used developing countries in providing cheap labor and accessed its natural resources for their business and profit. It is also apparent here how capitalism has shaped the world. The politics in the geographical area has to ensure the protection of the interest of the people and the environment. But most of the time, laws favor those who have the power and wealth and their interests take precedence over the common good. Capitalism has changed how people treat nature. Meanwhile, the surrounding areas are made vulnerable to climate change. Experts believed that crisis such as climate change was also a time for restructuring. In discussions about climate change, there should be inclusive and sustainable development. Inclusive development aims to lift people out of poverty by creating different opportunities for them to participate in decision making and proper allocation of the benefits of progress and development. Sustainable development is the paradigm that aims to meet the needs of the people, especially the poor, but also keeping in mind the limitations within our means so that the future generations can still meet their own needs during their time. These endeavors aspire to reduce inequalities and take actions to mitigate the effects of climate change, especially in underdeveloped geographical spaces. Capitalists and wealthier nations are entrusted to be accountable to the communities where they conduct their businesses. Developing nations are given the opportunity to increase their capacities and resources that would help them fight the effects of climate change. However, there has been to clear laws and regulations to be implemented to ensure the protection of the interests of the people and the environment. There have to be sanctions for violations to inhibit exploitation or discourage indifference to the changes in our surroundings. We have to realize that while development is uneven and inequality is inevitable, we must protect each and every one and give each person an equal fighting chance to survive the changes in the climate wherever they may be so that they can thrive in this world that we live in.

HOW CHINA IS KILLING THE SOLAR POWER INDUSTRY IN AMERICA

HOW CHINA IS KILLING THE SOLAR POWER INDUSTRY IN AMERICA

China imports solar cells and panels to the United States of America. However, these solar products are sold way cheaper than their local counterparts. Upon careful inspection, the solar panels imported from China were made from solar cells which they got sourced from Taiwan. Using solar cells sourced from third countries is a direct violation of international trade laws. Because of this, the Federation of American Solar Manufacturers has filed a case against Chinese importers of solar products. The cases that they filed were against antidumping and countervailing duties.

The filing of the case was a significant step in the American solar manufacturing industry. For the information of the public, more than 20 solar companies have closed down since America began importing solar products from China. This means a loss of jobs for hundreds if not thousands of Americans. Because these products are being sold at a cheaper price, the demand for Chinese solar products rose to almost 50%. This is killing the local solar manufacturing industry as local companies suffer deficits and losses year after year. If this goes on, more companies will be forced to shut down, more Americans will lose their jobs, and our market will be infiltrated with substandard solar products coming from China. That is the Federation of American Solar Manufacturers filed the cases and asked the government to save the local industry for solar power.

Support the petition of the Federation of American Solar Manufacturers to save the local solar manufacturing industry by visiting change.org and signing your name in our letter of appeal. If we win this case, it would mean a win not just for the business community but for all those people who are employed with solar manufacturing companies. It is also a win for our country and our planet.

FEDERATION OF SOLAR MANUFACTURERS IN AMERICA: COMPANIES UNITING FOR SUSTAINABILITY, FOR OUR PLANET

FEDERATION OF SOLAR MANUFACTURERS IN AMERICA: COMPANIES UNITING FOR SUSTAINABILITY, FOR OUR PLANET

Welcome to the page of the Federation of American Solar Manufacturers! This is a page dedicated to fighting for the existence of the solar manufacturing industry in the United States of America. There is a rising demand for alternative sources of energy and one of them is solar energy. Manufacturers of solar panels cater to this particular need. However, imported solar panels coming from China is killing our local industry. These imported products are way cheaper than the ones that are manufactured in America. But the price does not tell consumers the whole story. While the solar panels coming from China are definitely more affordable, they are below the international standard to which we strictly adhere to.

Solar energy is one of the alternative sources of energy that is available to us. At a time when the earth is faced with massive population growth, we have to look for alternative sources of energy to balance the consumption need and sustainability of our planet. Solar power allows us to harness the energy coming from the sun. The sun is our dependable source for life and energy. The energy coming from the sun is abundant and is said to be the cleanest source of energy. With the available technology today, we are able to come up with different ways to harness the energy coming from the sun. Solar energy can be utilized through solar heating and cooling, photovoltaics, and concentrating the solar power. It is a big advantage that solar energy is flexible when it comes to distribution. It can be used as the traditional power plant or as a distributed generation that can be placed near your own garage door in Nevada.

Today also, more companies are involved in providing solar power to answer the growing demand from our American population. This is good news for all of us because there is healthy competition and these companies make solar power readily available to consumers as a viable alternative source of energy. It is also good for our national economy as these companies are able to provide more jobs to the people. This is good for the country as we strive to become independent when it comes to our energy resources. And it is good for the environment and our planet because solar energy is a more environment-friendly energy resource. With solar power, there is sustainability for an energy source, there is energy for the next generations, and there is a cleaner planet for everyone. That is why there is a need to support these companies who provide us with solar energy. Members of the Federation of American Solar Manufacturers have joined forces to keep you up to date about what is happening in the local and global industry – the challenges and developments that we are facing.

Let us not kill this industry. The growth of the solar manufacturing industry in America will be boosted by the support coming from the people themselves who consciously buy high-quality solar products.