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Why canít we quit fossil fuels?

Even though most of us are familiar with the limited availability of fossil fuels, and how harmful they are for the planet health, it seems we havenít reduced our consumption of fossil fuels in all these years.

Please note that weíve far more oil, coal, and gas than we can sensibly burn, however, itís precisely that time when we should pause and drastically cut our fossil fuel consumption. Else, we, our coming generations, and more importantly, our climate will have to suffer. Are we ready for this?

The consumption of fossil fuels has only grown in the last few decades. Be it for powering our vehicles, or generating electricity, fossil fuels have become something we canít imagine a life without. So, is there any way out? Well, there is. And, that is finding out new alternatives. Renewable energy could well be the answer.

Sun rays, wind, hydro, biogas are among the most popular renewable energy sources. Several countries have already cut back on their fossil fuel consumption, and meeting their energy needs through solar and wind power.

Renewable energy in India holds a lot of promise; however, it requires government willingness and private sector participation. Many states in the country receive a tremendous amount of sunshine, which can be channelized as solar power. Though wind turbines and solar panels are very much visible in several states of this country, renewable energy in India is still in its infancy, and itíll take many more years before the Indian economy can become self-reliant in terms of meeting its energy needs.

Most sources of renewable energy, such as wind and sun donít pollute the climate. Another advantage with these energy sources is they are infinite, which means no matter how much you consume them, they wonít dry up.

However, when you look at the ground realities, the picture looks grim with ever increasing consumption of fossil fuels. Global warming has become a big issue, and almost all economies, which understand the damage that emission of fossil fuels are causing to the climate, have said it unanimously that consumption of fossil fuels must be brought down significantly.

The viable solutions include educating the people and industriesFree Reprint Articles, and exploring and exploiting the untapped potential of the renewable energy in India. Emphasis should also be placed on optimal usage of fossil fuels and ensuring that all captive power plants function to the best of their potentials.

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Dalmia is committed for a greener planet. In our pursuit for the well-being of mother earth, we have already started making use of renewable energy in India. Do visit our website for more on our green initiatives and new captive power plant.

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