Thousands of years after the initial discovery, much of the world continues to prioritize fossil fuels as the principal source of energy. Coal, oil, and natural gas are non-renewable resources, meaning humans have continued to draw on a finite source of energy for millennia. The imbalance between demand and availability has caused massive hikes in fossil fuel prices, and sourcing these materials is both costly and environmentally devastating. Combined with excess carbon emissions, these naturally-derived resources are an unsustainable and damaging source of energy. There are, however, several alternatives.
The most defining characteristic of renewable energy sources is in the name itself—they are renewable, meaning they cannot be depleted with use. This type of resource often provides energy in four important areas: electricity generation, air and water heating/cooling, transportation, and rural energy services. In addition to being renewable, this type of energy is sustainably sourced, causing little damage to the surrounding environment.
Private enterprises and public entities are looking for clean and renewable energy alternatives in to meet their sustainable solution needs. Through financial barriers, regulatory mandates, and the increasing pressure to be socially responsible, renewable energy is beginning to gain attention. Unfortunately, there are few general knowledge resources available to the public, which becomes especially important around election time—if the public hasn’t been educated about renewable energy sources and the detriments of fossil fuels, they may not fully understand key positions and talking points.
Our organization, Learn About Energy, sits at this intersection. We exist as a resource for those who are curious about renewable energy but may not have the ability to learn about it in an official capacity. During election years, we also hope to detail candidate’s positions on specific, environmentally-driven topics. It is the duty of the citizen to be informed—we want to help.