Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?
Alternative Energy
Whether alternative energy sources such as biofuels, hydrogen, solar, geothermal, or nuclear energy can meet energy demands better than finite fossil fuels such as oil and coal remains hotly debated.

Proponents of alternative energy argue that fossil fuels are inefficient, unsustainable, environmentally destructive, and the primary contributor to global climate change. They say renewable energies are a viable and immediately needed alternative to fossil fuel use that could boost the US economy and reduce reliance on foreign energy sources.

Opponents contend that many technological hurdles have to be overcome before alternative energy can replace even a small portion of the power provided by fossil fuels. They say that fossil fuels will last hundreds of years longer, be made increasingly efficient, remain the most economical choice, and that reliance on inefficient alternative energies will hurt the economy.

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Whether alternative energy sources such as biofuels, hydrogen, solar, geothermal, or nuclear energy can meet energy demands better than finite fossil fuels such as oil and coal remains hotly debated.

Proponents of alternative energy argue that fossil fuels are inefficient, unsustainable, environmentally destructive, and the primary contributor to global climate change. They say renewable energies are a viable and immediately needed alternative to fossil fuel use that could boost the US economy and reduce reliance on foreign energy sources.

Opponents contend that many technological hurdles have to be overcome before alternative energy can replace even a small portion of the power provided by fossil fuels. They say that fossil fuels will last hundreds of years longer, be made increasingly efficient, remain the most economical choice, and that reliance on inefficient alternative energies will hurt the economy.


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Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?
2/24/2017 - Take a look at both sides of this debate with quotes from Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow at the Post Carbon Institute (Pro), Robert Lyman, Principal at ENTRANS Policy Research Group, Inc. (Con), Dr. Michael Klare, Professor of Peace and World Security Studies at Hampshire College (Pro), Dr. Gary Wolfram, William E. Simon Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Hillsdale College (Con), and more.

Will Alternative Energy Development Create More Jobs?
2/23/2017 - Explore both sides of this debate with quotes from Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (Pro), the San Diego Union-Tribune (Con), Ryan Koronowski, Research Director at ThinkProgress (Pro), Steve Everley, Managing Director at FTI Consulting (Con), and more.

Should the US Subsidize Alternative Energies?
2/23/2017 - Delve into the pros and cons of subsidies with quotes from US Senator Brian Schatz (Pro), Dr. Jeffrey Dorfman, Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Georgia (Con), Kate Gordon, Vice Chair at the Paulson Institute (Pro), John W. Nikolaou, Former Research Associate at the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Armstrong Center for Energy & Environment (Con), and more.

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Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?



Alternative Energy
Whether alternative energy sources such as biofuels, hydrogen, solar, geothermal, or nuclear energy can meet energy demands better than finite fossil fuels such as oil and coal remains hotly debated.

Proponents of alternative energy argue that fossil fuels are inefficient, unsustainable, environmentally destructive, and the primary contributor to global climate change. They say renewable energies are a viable and immediately needed alternative to fossil fuel use that could boost the US economy and reduce reliance on foreign energy sources.

Opponents contend that many technological hurdles have to be overcome before alternative energy can replace even a small portion of the power provided by fossil fuels. They say that fossil fuels will last hundreds of years longer, be made increasingly efficient, remain the most economical choice, and that reliance on inefficient alternative energies will hurt the economy.

Core Question
Top 10 Pros & Cons
Did You Know?
Historical Timeline
Comments

Whether alternative energy sources such as biofuels, hydrogen, solar, geothermal, or nuclear energy can meet energy demands better than finite fossil fuels such as oil and coal remains hotly debated.

Proponents of alternative energy argue that fossil fuels are inefficient, unsustainable, environmentally destructive, and the primary contributor to global climate change. They say renewable energies are a viable and immediately needed alternative to fossil fuel use that could boost the US economy and reduce reliance on foreign energy sources.

Opponents contend that many technological hurdles have to be overcome before alternative energy can replace even a small portion of the power provided by fossil fuels. They say that fossil fuels will last hundreds of years longer, be made increasingly efficient, remain the most economical choice, and that reliance on inefficient alternative energies will hurt the economy.


Alternative Energy ProCon.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit website that presents research, studies, and pro and con statements on questions related to alternative energy and fossil fuels.

Pros & Cons by Category
CORE QUESTION
Fossil Fuels & Alternative Energies Defined
Energy & the Economy
Energy Use
Oil
Peak Oil
Coal
Natural Gas
Carbon Cap and Trade
Carbon Capture and Storage
Electricity Grid
Biofuels
Hydrogen
Hydropower
Nuclear
Solar Power
Wind Power
Global Climate Change
Notices for Alternative Energy and Other ProCon.org Information (archived after 30 days)
Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?
2/24/2017 - Take a look at both sides of this debate with quotes from Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow at the Post Carbon Institute (Pro), Robert Lyman, Principal at ENTRANS Policy Research Group, Inc. (Con), Dr. Michael Klare, Professor of Peace and World Security Studies at Hampshire College (Pro), Dr. Gary Wolfram, William E. Simon Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Hillsdale College (Con), and more.

Will Alternative Energy Development Create More Jobs?
2/23/2017 - Explore both sides of this debate with quotes from Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (Pro), the San Diego Union-Tribune (Con), Ryan Koronowski, Research Director at ThinkProgress (Pro), Steve Everley, Managing Director at FTI Consulting (Con), and more.

Should the US Subsidize Alternative Energies?
2/23/2017 - Delve into the pros and cons of subsidies with quotes from US Senator Brian Schatz (Pro), Dr. Jeffrey Dorfman, Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Georgia (Con), Kate Gordon, Vice Chair at the Paulson Institute (Pro), John W. Nikolaou, Former Research Associate at the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Armstrong Center for Energy & Environment (Con), and more.


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