Can alternative energy sources replace oil? by Hunter

January 10, 2018


Can alternative energy sources replace oil?

On the topic of alternative energies, one of the most common arguments about why we ought to continue using natural gas, fossil fuels, and otherwise unclean energies is that we do not possess the resources or technology to “make the switch” to clean energy. This is an extremely popular argument by those who work in the industries that produce fossil fuels and natural gases, and thus has become the figurehead for why we ought not to jump right into this clean energy thing. Despite this, evidence to the contrary exists, and the only thing left in the way of swapping to clean energy is that there’s no reason. The impetus on the side favoring clean energy is primarily that global warming is becoming a problem, however if one refuses to believe in the idea that carbon emitters are damaging the environment, there are still reasons why we should switch to clean energy, and the arguments against this can be proven null and void.

The website EcoWatch¬†proposes that we could entirely replace non-renewable energy in the course of three decades, and without delving into the specifics of the transition, that three decades is based on current technology, meaning that if we were to find a more efficient way to produce renewable energy, that time could be cut significantly. Three decades is a conservative estimate, but it is a perfect timeline for those not in favor of replacement. Maclean’s¬†hypothesizes that the world could be out of oil within the next fifty-five years, meaning that without replacement of non-renewables with renewables, we could have an energy crisis in just half a century, which is during most of our lifetimes. That, again, is based on current usage trends, meaning that if we increase our oil usage, that number could significantly decrease.


In the end, the argument boils down to three things: we can, we should, and we have to. All three of these things are demonstrably clear, and the evidence to the contrary is becoming weaker and weaker in an age where there are myriad reasons to promote the switch. If one does believe in global warming, the contemporary evidence gives reason enough. If one does not believe in global warming, but they still want electricity in their homes in half a century, they ought to support the renewable energy switch.