(I made cards out of these for group work. I took off the name of each source of energy so that each group could research and find out which source of energy their card describes) 1. Fossil Fuels- coal, oil, and natural gas (nonrenewable resource) Advantages Disadvantages Easy to find Causes pollution Inexpensive Can cause respiratory illness and acid rain Cause global warming 2. Nuclear Energy (nonrenewable resource) Advantages Disadvantages Produces almost no Can be very dangerous air pollution Generating electricity using nuclear energy helps make the supply of fossil fuels last longer No release of green- house gases Inexpensive 3. Hydroelectricity (renewable resource) Advantages Disadvantages Mostly pollution Dams disrupt the lifecycle of free aquatic animals Electricity can be prod- Dams are expensive to build uced at a constant rate Depends on availability of fast flowing streams or rivers 4. Solar Energy- (renewable resource) Advantages Disadvantages No pollution Expensive to build solar power Stations Inexhaustible Can be unreliable unless you are in a very sunny climate Does not work at night 5. Geothermal Energy (renewable resource) Advantages Disadvantages Inexhaustible Not many places where you can build a geothermal power power station No pollution Does not contribute to the greenhouse effect Does not require structures such as solar panels or windmills to collect energy 6. Wind Energy (renewable resource) Advantages Disadvantages Inexhaustible resource Expensive to maintain No pollution Only areas of the world with lots of wind are suitable for power generation Does not contribute The wind is not always the greenhouse effect predictable- some days have no wind Can kill birds Can be noisy Many people do not like the way wind towers look in their yard.
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