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Sources of Alternative Fuel Could Be the Future's Energy

May 27, 2008
If we're going to be responsible, one of the most important things we should focus on is alternative fuel. Finding new fuel sources could be a vital part of leaving this world in the best shape possible. The environment is being heavily polluted by emissions produced by burning petroleum products. Here are some of the possibilities when it comes to new, alternative fuels.

Traditional fuel sources are not only polluting, but they're getting harder to find. We used them a lot in the last century, and now extraction is becoming more difficult and expensive. Many people are becoming worried that we're going to run out of oil before we find an alternative.

Fortunately, there are a few new discoveries that can give us hope. If we pursue them and develop new methods, we may have found a worthwhile alternative fuel source or sources before any crisis can occur. The ideal fuel would be readily available, as well as affordable and friendly to the environment.

For instance, bio-diesel, an alternative fuel extracted from plant material, can be used in a conventional diesel engine. A related fuel is E-85. Made from eighty-five percent ethanol and fifteen percent gasoline, it can significantly cut our reliance on traditional fuels.

While E-85 and bio-diesel are better than pure gasoline, they still cause pollution. Also, if all gasoline consumption were to be replaced by these fuels, we would quickly run out of available plant supplies. Corn prices have already risen, causing some people in poorer countries to be unable to buy food, and land for growing bio-diesel fuel takes away from land for producing food corn.

Another popular alternate fuel is electricity. Electric cars are one of the more viable options currently available for conserving our existing fuel. While they require the burning of fossil fuels in many cases, their electricity is generated in a central location, rather than in each individual car. That makes them much more efficient. In addition, we can produce electricity in many different ways. That means that areas with high winds, like the Midwest United States, can choose to use wind power, while areas with a lot of sunlight may produce it via solar panels. This offers an alternative or supplement to traditional coal and oil plants.

Of course, muscle power has always been the ultimate alternate power source. Using your own legs on the pedals of a bike not only reduces pollution and helps you avoid using up fossil fuels, but gets you some exercise, too. There are lots of problems with other alternative fuel sources. For instance, bio-diesel and E-85 aren't easy to find, and won't work in all cars. Electric cars have a short range, and aren't very fast. For a short to medium trip, pedal power beats them all.
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