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26 Feb

Blogs in Motion: Alternative Energy, A Future Matter

Welcome back to the Trailer Blocks Blog!

As the Robert Bourassa performance trip came to an end, we began to reflect on all we had seen and experienced. Our minds quickly turned to our tour of Hydro-Quebec’s Radisson facilities, and the impressive technology and dedicated people that were required to harness hydroelectric energy. We discussed alternative energy at length as time went on and we eventually decided that it’s a topic worth writing about here. Over the next few entries of Blogs in Motion, we’ll be taking a look at the various forms of alternative energy, how’s it produced and how it can influence humanity’s future.

Dependence on traditional fossil fuels and the need for alternative energy development have been topics of global concern for many years. Our relationship with fossil fuels is one of duality, of impressive progress and genuine concern. Fossil fuels are presently the world’s primary source of power and it’s been this way for a long time. Refined oil, coal and natural gas are critical to modern industry, transportation and global electrical generation. These methods of energy production have allowed humanity to industrialize and expand at an unprecedented rate. However, these fuels are finite and their production has already had detrimental effects on the environment. Progress with limited resources will only go so far and cleaner alternatives are needed.

It’s been said that by 2050, at least one-third of humanity’s energy production must come from renewable sources. Renewable energy sources are a critical issue that future generations will depend on us solving. Fortunately, it appears to be a problem that’s well within our ability to solve. Transitioning to sustainable, clean energy will not occur overnight, as fossil fuels are firmly integrated in nearly every aspect of modern industry. But with enough discussion and dedication, it can be done.

We’ll take a look at some of these methods during this multi-part feature. In our first entry, we’ll be taking a look at nuclear power, how it’s generated and how it’s being used right now. We’re excited to share our observations on this subject with you and we’ll have more for you in the days to come.

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