Refutation essay on environmental effects due to the conversion, reservation, and uses of energy and its byproducts.

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One major problem in the world today is pollution, specifically the environmental effects due to the industrialization of society, the introduction of motorized vehicles, the explosion of the population, and the conversion, reservation, and uses of energy and its byproducts. To solve this problem will require a drastic change in the way the world uses energy. And to accomplish that will require a new industrial revolution, a full turn around from society's mass reliance on the carbon fuels such as oil, gas and coal that have powered the global economy for more than a hundred years. The total cost of a global conversion is not practical today without any rewards or enforcements for people and businesses. Many companies may be put out of business due to the costs to convert, businesses which rely on the low prices of their current operation which can create pollution for the environment. The technologies to convert some of the most abundant energy sources in the world are still not perfected to the point of serious consideration as a substitute for any of the current fuels.

Laws would need to be passed prohibiting pollution contribution. These arguments do not weigh the consequences of current pollution rates. The long term benefits of converting more than make up for the costs of conversion, and the loss of businesses may not be necessary.

Energy efficiency means using less energy to accomplish the same task. The more efficient use of energy throughout our country results in less money spent on energy by people, businesses, and industries. The money that would have been spent on energy can instead be spent on consumer goods, education, services, and products. The world currently relies on coal, oil, and natural gas for its energy. Fossil fuels are nonrenewable because they draw on finite resources...