What is Alternative Energy?
Alternative Energy refers to energy sources other than fossil fuels. This includes all renewable sources and nuclear. Nuclear is not classified as a renewable energy source. A renewable energy source is produced from sources that do not deplete or can be replenished1 within a human’s lifetime. Nuclear is produced from mined elements like uranium and thorium which cannot be replenished.
This video outlines the process of turning crude oil extracted from the earth into the treated petroleum products that are used so widely in modern manufacturing.
Distinguishing between renewable and alternative energy may seem trivial but the terms are so frequently used that it is important to understand the difference.
Generally, alternative energy sources are looked upon favourably because they do not directly emit greenhouse gases in their production but of course all forms of energy have their own costs, benefits and tradeoffs.
Recent blog posts about Alternative Energy
INTERNATIONAL OR PROMINENT INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION
ProCon.org – History of Alternative Energy and Fossil Fuels
AENews – Energy Politics
E-International Relations (E-IR) – Political Promotion of Renewable Energy in the United States and Germany
The Economist – Alternative Energy
Union of Concerned Scientists – Env. Impacts of Renewable Energy Technologies
Science Business – Renewable power in Europe – Why we need a better approach
ScienceNordic – Green Energy will cut health care costs
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis – Human health impacts for renewable energy scenarios from the EnerGEO Platform of Integrated Assessment (PIA)