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Nuclear power is a known energy source, it has low carbon dioxide emissions, and it is relatively low cost; however it still has an environmental impact, produces radioactive waste and has the potential for nuclear accid... More »

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Renewable energy sources do not emit carbon emissions, and these energy sources provide jobs and benefits to economies, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. The disadvantages of renewable energy include high i... More »

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While geothermal energy is very environmentally friendly and does not produce large quantities of pollution, only limited sites have the potential for energy generation and upfront costs are often considerable. Geotherma... More »

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Wind energy produces value in several ways: it provides the United States with a domestic source of energy, creates cost savings for consumers and reduces environmental impact. Wind energy classifies as a renewable sourc... More »

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Solar power, or the conversion of the sun's energy into electricity, is sustainable and renewable. The conversion process is silent and emission free and, solar panels usually require little maintenance. However, the sun... More »

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Some of the benefits of using solar panels for energy generation include the fact that solar energy is a renewable resource, the abundance of solar energy that reaches the earth and reduced electric costs. Negatives of u... More »

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The advantages of solar power include the energy independence it bestows on its users, quiet energy production, the lack of negative effects on the environment, and its overall cost. On the other hand, the high initial c... More »

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