You will prepare and submit a term paper on Fossil Fuels Blessing or a Curse. Your paper should be a minimum of 1250 words in length. Besides, they have never been a very nice choice since they have caused considerable damage to our environment. Fossil fuels burn to produce energy. The poisonous gases generated as a result are allowed to escape into the air. A massive release of these toxic gases into the atmosphere in the past has caused holes in the protective ozone layer. Also, waste from the oil refining industries has been led to the seas. Such practices have contaminated the water and indirectly caused many diseases both in humans and animals.
It is an established fact that the use of fossil fuels is harmful to our atmosphere. Owing to this fact, there is a severe need to develop new and cost-effective means of producing energy since it is the most fundamental need of the modern age.
Sun is the fundamental part of our solar system containing 98% of its total mass. It is in the very core of the sun where solar energy is produced. The unimaginably high pressure and temperature in its core cause nuclear reactions to occur which in turn cause “four protons or hydrogen nuclei to fuse together to form one alpha particle or helium nucleus. The alpha particle is about .7 percent less massive than the four protons.” (Hamilton, 2009). It is this variation in masses that is released in the form of energy that gets to the sun’s surface through convection to escape from there in the form of both heat and light. Thus, sunlight can be thought of as a rich source of energy that can be put to good use to serve mankind. Solar energy is one of the most reliable and cost-effective alternatives to the conventional source of fossil fuels. Solar energy can at least provide all the energy required for domestic purposes and can easily be stored by properly designed mechanisms in individual houses. Solar energy has been in use as a natural source of energy for quite some time, yet there has always been a need to make the system cheaper, given the complexity of the mechanism. .