Renewable and Non-renewable

Biomass and Oil

Oil Info Center!

Oil is a non-renewable energy source and is obtained by withdrawing it from underground reservoirs. It is extremely efficient compared to other fossil fuels. It is used by burning and although it is extremely harmful to the environment due to its air emissions it is still used all over America. We may want to start conserving oil by using alternatives to it as we will one day may run out of it. Oil is also possibly the largest contributor to global warming.

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

The gulf of Mexico oil spill was the largest oil spill in history! It occurred due to a BP owned plant and is estimated 8-31% larger than any other spill. After it occurred an oil gusher leaked for 87 days until it was finally able to be capped. The damage to marine life habitats and even tourist attractions was devastating. After numerous investigations it was decided that BP was mainly in fault due to many cost-friendly decisions that did not ensure the fullest safety.

All About Biomass!

Biomass is a renewable resource that is created from animal decay as well as plants. The way to use biomass' energy is to burn it, which creates fuel, which can be used for warmth or energy. One of the best things about biomass is that it decreases the need for landfills. It also decreases the amount of greenhouse gas added into the atmosphere! However, biomass has other problems as well. Biomass is not as efficient as many fossil fuels. It also effects the environment in many negative ways. First of all, using biomass takes a lot of water. Biomass facility's “water withdrawals range between 20,000 and 50,000 gallons per megawatt-hour, with consumption of 300 gallons per megawatt-hour,” according to the UCS. Second, biomass productions cause air emissions. "Nitrogen oxides from biomass are lower than those from coal but higher than natural gas. NOx emissions causes ground-level ozone, or smog, which can burn lung tissue and can make people more susceptible to asthma, bronchitis, and other chronic respiratory diseases." Biomass is commonly used in the middle of America. The East as well as the West have little to no use of it.

Kuwait Oil Fire

In 191 as Iraqi forces withdrew from Kuwait, they set fire to over 650 oil wells. The fire burned for ten months, and about 11,450 firefighters from over thirty countries tried to stop it using methods that were never tried before. The thick black smoke that rose from the fire was visible from space. After the fires were extinguished, about 300 oil lakes were still left, and a thick layer of soot and oil fell from the sky, and mixed in with sand and gravel. About 1.5 billion barrels of oil were released into the environment. And even after majority of it burned, 25 to 40 million barrels spread across the desert as well as 11 million barrels in the Persian Gulf. Efforts have been made to clean up the oil, and about 21 million barrels have been cleaned, even though a lot still remains.