Despite being in a world more technologically advanced than ever many people still don’t have access to electricity. There are 1.1 BILLION people in the world who don’t have access to electricity. With the world population around 7.7 billion people that means that 1/7 of humans don’t have access to electricity. This might not seem like a big deal until you think of just how much electricity most people use every day; electricity is used for cooking, heating, air conditioning, charging electronic devices, lighting, and so many other things! This means that about 1.1 billion people can’t use electricity to cook or light their houses.
To make things worse some of our current methods of creating electricity are very detrimental to the health of our plant. Burning fossil fuels is a common way of acquiring electricity. Fossil fuels account for almost 63 percent of all electricity created in the United States in 2019 averaging at about 2,582 kilowatt hours. Burning fossil fuels is one of the worst ways to create electricity because they release carbon dioxide (C2O) which is one of the main greenhouse gases responsible for global warming. However there are other methods to creating electricity that are a lot more climate friendly. There are several types of renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, hydroelectric, biomass, and thermal. Solar, wind, and hydroelectric are the three leading renewable energy sources in the United States; together they account for 15.8 percent of the total electricity in the US in 2019 with an average of 555 kilowatt hours. If we can increase the electricity coming from renewable sources we could seriously decrease Global Warming.
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