Energy of all types are vital resources, and our world is ever concerned with ways to obtain more. Since the industrial revolution, our use of fossil fuels has increased to exceptional levels. Everyday in the United States alone, we use over 18 million gallons of petroleum based products. The rate at which we consume seems to grow exponentially every year, making energy resources increasingly vital.


Fossil fuels are not a renewable source of energy, meaning once they are used up, they are gone forever. Progress toward clean, renewable energy is underway, but is not being developed fast enough to help slow our deletion of the earth’s fossil fuels. The need for clean energy is a global one, as the effects each country has on the environment affects all living creatures on the earth.


The American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy, recently released a study which ranks the world’s 16 largest economies based on their energy efficiency. Germany topped the list, with Italy and the whole European Union following closely behind. The United States lagged behind, ranking 13 on the list, making it one of the least energy efficient countries, right above Russia, Brazil, and Mexico.


This does not mean that any of the 16 countries are anywhere near a perfect score, there is significant room for improvement, especially in U.S. economy. “The inefficiency in the U.S. economy means a tremendous waste of energy resources and money. Across most metrics analyzed in this International Scorecard, in the past decade the United States has made limited progress toward greater efficiency at the national level,” the report stated. With billions of dollars being pumped into big oil companies and far less being given to support green energy development, it is no surprise that the United States is reported as wasting tremendous amounts of energy.


The way in which we use and waste energy has enormous negative effects on the environment and less developed nations. When it comes to energy, it is necessary to look at it with a global perspective, one that takes into account the environment and developing nations. If we shift our view from consuming to conserving and renewing, then we will be off to a good start.


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