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What are the advantages of renewable energy?

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The Union of Concerned Scientists says that renewable energy is advantageous because it produces minimal global warming emissions, improves public health, is a perpetual energy supply and ensures stable energy prices. Wind, solar, geothermal, hydroelectric and biomass are all types of renewable energy. Each of the various sources contributes in its own way to the benefits of renewable energy.

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What are the advantages of renewable energy?
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Renewable energy resources reduce global warming emissions by reducing the amount of emissions produced in generating energy. The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) reports that electricity production contributes to one-third of U.S. global emissions. Using renewable resources could potentially cut this level in half.

Renewable resources improve public health by reducing air pollution. Cutting down the pollution from current energy resources reduces the risk of cancer, heart attack and respiratory ailments.

Renewable energy is constantly replenished too. The UCS states that high winds, plant materials and the earth's moving waters provide resources that produce inexhaustible energy. Renewable energy has the potential to produce 482,247 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity each year.

As the prices of energy resources rise throughout the nation, renewable energy resources make more sense to use because they cost less money to generate electricity. The UCS states that the price of solar energy panels has dropped 60 percent since 2011. Renewable energy prices continue to drop as more companies continue to develop renewable resource plants.

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