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Fossil fuel is the main source of energy. In some countries, the use of alternative sources of energy is encouraged. To what extent do you think it is a positive or negative development?



It is true that fossil fuel is the limited source of energy. While the use of alternative energy source has several drawbacks, I believe that the advantages of alternative energy source are more significant than the negative sides.


There are several disadvantages of using other sources of energy. First, the major drawback is geographical difficulties. For example, renewable energy such as tidal power needs a huge amount of water of sea for efficient operation. This kind of energy is unavailable to many parts of the world such as Laos and Nepal that do not geographically have any coastlines. Therefore, it is useless to construct tidal power in these countries. Second, there is an utter waste of public funds to have alternative source of energy. In many developing countries, there are still more pressing problems that need to be tackled such as health care, food and education. Thus, investing in other energy sources is likely to put a burden on the government budget and have detrimental effects on other aspects.


Despite aforementioned downside, I believe that the benefits of alternative sources of energy are greater. For one thing, such alternative energy sources are sustainable. This means that it can be used to produce a vast amount of electricity without wasting finite natural resources such as oil, gas and coal, which meets a growing demand for electricity. Another benefit is that alternative sources of energy might be much cleaner than the use of fossil fuels. The consumption of alternative energy sources could significantly reduce carbon emissions that act as a main culprit of global warming. As a result, many nations consider environmentally friendly sources of energy as a solution to high oil price and worries about environmental pollution and climate change.


In conclusion, although alternative sources of energy has several negative effects, I believe that it is more likely to have positive impacts on environment.

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