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Is solar energy better than fossil fuel energy?

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please collaborators i have a question about: is solar energy better than fossil fuel energy?,please quickly, thanks
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It is always 'better' to use primary sources of energy, because transfer of energy from one form to another is inefficient and involves waste and cost. If you can use pure wind power and solar power to dry your clothes on a washing line then this is 'better' than burning fossil fuels to generate electricity to run your tumble dryer. Usually however, the downside of lowtech things is that it involves us in more time and work. Remember too there are hidden costs to green solutions. Solar panels have to be made, wind turbines have to be made and maintained. What we need to solve the world's energy problems is more space to grow plants and/ or less people to consume things. The colonization of space and our eventual move towards being a multi-planet species is the only long term option for the life presently on our planet.

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This is a tough question to answer accurately. Solar power has its advantages as well as disadvantages. In terms of cost vs power returned over lifespan, solar is currently comparable to commercially generated power. Then you must consider that the manufacturing process requires a large amount of power to produce solar panels and the fact that there are toxic/hazardous by-products left over. This may not be an issue in countries with good environmental practices, but solar panels aren't made in the these countries.

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It depends on what you mean by "better." More efficient? Cheaper? More ecologically sound? I'd wager that fossil fuel energy currently wins on the first two counts, and solar wins on the last. Also, given that fossil fuels are largely non-renewable and in finite supply, solar power surely has more long-term potential.

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Solar energy is surely better when you are getting available solar radiation.But when you are not getting this then you must have to rely on fuel energy.This is the drawback of solar energy that sometimes it may not be available.

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Solar is much better because it does not pollute and its basically free. Thermal energy from the earth's core is also a good clean energy that we have not yet learned to make use of.

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C

I would think so, as solar energy is basically free and never-ending. Fossil fuels will eventually deplete leaving us with no alternative sources of heat.

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J

Yes. Solar energy is free and does cause pollution.

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