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Pros and cons of different types of energy

The majority of countries still use fossil fuels to power energy needs. They are easy to use and the supply is steady. However, it is a non-renewable resource and as such, once the earth's supplies are exhausted, then another form of energy must be looked into.

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In areas where wind is plenty, wind power can be utilised. The main advantage of wind energy is that it is a clean power source. It is also sustainable and renewable. The cons include the noise of the turbines and unpredictability of the wind. They are also eyesore and turbines are hazards to birds and bats.

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Solar heating and cooling are other sources of energy that's gaining recognition. They are clean, renewable, almost zero cost to maintain, and have a mature technology. The downside is you need supplemental energy storage if there is no sun and installation costs can be astronomical.

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Solar heating and cooling are other sources of energy that's gaining recognition. They are clean, renewable, almost zero cost to maintain, and have a mature technology. The downside is you need supplemental energy storage if there is no sun and installation costs can be astronomical.

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Clean coal energy is abundant, relatively inexpensive, a mature industry and requires little capital investment. Alas, coal still has the highest gas emissions responsible for global warming. In addition, it has also negative environmental, social and health impact.

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Nuclear energy is once again seen as another source of energy for the future. It is clean energy because its emission is quite low. It's a known and mature technology. Cons include high costs of building and unknown risks and dangers.

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Gas is the cleanest of all fossils fuels and is quite efficient. In addition, 21% of the world's energy requirements are powered by gas. However, it is a non-renewable energy source and it emits carbon dioxide when burned.

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Gas is the cleanest of all fossils fuels and is quite efficient. In addition, 21% of the world's energy requirements are powered by gas. However, it is a non-renewable energy source and it emits carbon dioxide when burned.

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Tidal power is clean energy and once the plant is established, it can last for 100 years and can even serve as a storm surge barrier. But, it is expensive to build and might have an environmental impact on marine life.

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Lastly, biomass energy is clean, renewable and low cost input. But, it is energy intensive to produce, can lead to deforestation and overall, has expensive investment costs.

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Lastly, biomass energy is clean, renewable and low cost input. But, it is energy intensive to produce, can lead to deforestation and overall, has expensive investment costs.

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