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English CAT - Energy in South Africa

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English CAT Activity 3 M.Lockyer 23/04/09 __________________________________________________________________________________ Energy in South Africa South Africa is currently ranked as the fifth largest coal producer in the world. Sounds impressive, being fifth in the world at something. However I can assure you that this is not a statistic South Africa should be proud of. In fact I believe we should be ashamed of ourselves. Global Warming has become a critical global issue and the utilisation of coal in power stations is a large additive to global warming. It is therefore imperative that we as a nation consider alternative energy sources. It is time for change. Coal fired power stations account for 93% of South Africa's electricity production. The benefits of coal fired power stations are that they are cheap to manufacture and maintain. ...read more.

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South Africa has plentiful opportunities where clean renewable energy can be used to produce electricity. There are areas in South Africa that would be ideal for the use of wind turbines, and hydro power stations. So why then are we not taking advantage of these providential opportunities? The answer unfortunately is within human nature. Human nature will be the downfall of the earth. If we continue to regard economic factors over environmental factors global warming will continue to thrive along with the dire consequences that are associated with it. It is time for change. And what about solar power? South Africa s hot Mediterranean climate is ideal for the utilisation of solar power. ...read more.

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The argument against nuclear power stations is that they are costly to construct and maintain. Well again this comes down to placing environmental factors over economic factors and over time nuclear power stations are more efficient than the conventional coal fired power station. South Africa must make sacrifices so that our children can live in a world where global warming does not plague their thoughts. It is time for change. In my South Africa I see nuclear power stations making up the foundation of our electricity production with hydro powered stations and wind turbines making up a minor proportion to provide excess electricity. I also see solar panels becoming a very common site in suburbs spreading across the nation. If we as a nation strive to change and use alternative clean energy sources other nations will follow suit and our children will be saved. ...read more.

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