Nonrenewable energy

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Definition

Nonrenewable energy is energy from a source which, if used, will be depleted regardless of how it is managed. It cannot be regenerated in a timescare relevant to human beings. As opposed to renewable energy.

Examples

Nonrenewable energy sources break down into two categories: Fossil fuels (petroleum) and nuclear power.

Philosophy

We know we have only a finite supply of non-renewable energy sources. This implies one key problem of using oil, a non-renewable fossil fuel, which is the prospect of Peak Oil, i.e. that the world reached peak production of oil and then see it decline as demand continues to increase, leading to dramatically increasing oil prices. Because a significant proportion of oil is produced in places the U.S. does not control (and which are often politically unstable compared to the U.S., such as the Middle East, Venezula, and Nigeria), reliance on oil also draws the U.S. into political conflicts in oil rich countries in order to maintain its own supply. This has the potential to dramatically impact the U.S. economy which is very dependent upon oil as was shown in the 1970s OPEC oil embargo, which lead to an energy crisis in the United States.

Policy

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