Since its founding by Ben Franklin in 1752, electricity has been a source that many have been depending on for many years. While we may take for granted the advantage we have now with electricity, as it gives us heat in the coldest of weathers, light in the darkest of places, as well as sustaining life for our phone’s battery, electricity is a source that we have revolutionized our lives around, and it would seem hard for those who are quite accustomed to electricity to abstain from electricity for even more than a day. While electricity is garnered in a variety of ways, one of the most popular ways is through coal energy, which is harvested and then processed in many power plants. While we have now depended on coal energy as a primary way of getting electricity, the question remains. Is coal energy truly worth it? This method has encountered some criticisms from environmentalist and scientists alike. While coal energy has been a technique we have used for many years, is it time we switch to a more eco friendly method, or is coal energy too reliable to give up?
What Are The Pros Of Using Coal Energy?
1. With using coal energy, their are a lot of potential benefits that come with using this power gathering option. For the most part, coal is very cheap and plentiful, meaning it is available both in low cost and supreme stock in many places of the world. Throughout the globe their are large coal deposits that alone could power our machines and things we depend on for many of years.
2. Not only is coal cheap and plentiful, but it is easier and safer to store than other ways of gathering power like oil or gas. Coal is a lot safer to transport also, making it easier for trucks and trains that are required to transport coal to areas of the world that need it.
3. Mining coal also creates more jobs, which makes it easier to balance the economy, and converting coal to energy is not nearly as hard as one would think the process would be.
4. For states with large coal deposits, coal has made states flourished with selling their coal, which has allowed for more jobs and stability to be found in these states, as opposed to other states of the country. For those who live in the United States, they will find coal to be an easier source for electricity since it is mined and harvested in the United States, as opposed for the need to depend on other countries for electricity resources, which may be both a hassle and a large expense.
Cons Of Using Coal Energy
1. While coal energy is advantageous in some aspects, it is not without its criticisms and otherwise downfalls. For one, it has been proven that getting coal energy is somewhat harmful to the environment. Coal energy is among one of the dirtiest fuels to use, and it produces almost double the carbon dioxide as opposed to other electricity sources.
2. Heat from the coal energy, as well as an increase in greenhouse gases from the process of converting coal to energy, has increased the possibility of global warming. This process is immensely sped up with using coal energy, and it proves coal energy is not nearly the most eco friendly way of harvesting electricity.
3. Not only is it not eco friendly, but coal burnings from power plants can lead to an increase of health conditions or disorders to those who are coming in contact with coal. Mining coal is a dangerous job, as it is dangerous with the fact that is mined underground with the potential of cave collapses, as well as it is dangerous as it is exposed to the workers.
4. The process of global warming is ultimately sped up, coal is not a renewable resource and while it may seem plentiful now, it is not a resource that will always be available. Since it is a fossil fuel, once coal is depleted, it will never be able to be used again for future energy uses. True, coal is easy and safe to transport, but it is very expensive, much more expensive than transporting other properties of energy collections. The transportation of coals to areas that see very little of it, or don’t have deposits of coal near, can be rather costly for those completing the service.
5. Finally, while coal is a dependable resource now, its effects to the environment could cause future complications with the atmosphere, which may ultimately damage or even destroy the protective layer in the atmosphere that is the ozone layer. This layer is very important, as it block direct UV rays from the sun from hitting our bodies, as direct sunlight could be damaging to our health.