As an undergraduate major of economics at Penn State, I recently have taken a class on sustainability. Through my final research project in this class, it has come to my attention that Pennsylvania could greatly expand its use of clean, renewable energy sources. This could, in due course, have incredible environmental and economic impacts.
Having grown up in Pittsburgh, I am aware that our city was built and made profitable by fossil fuel use that was used to, in turn, fuel the steel industry. However, times have changed, and as fossil fuels deplete and costs exponentially rise, the costs for renewable energy have dramatically decreased.
Through various sources in my research, there is evidence that the costs are dropping, and investing in renewable energy would result in a larger expansion of employment.
Water is now the most commonly used renewable energy source in the country and has become an economic power for those who utilize it. I feel that it is our time to utilize the magnificent three rivers that our city loves so much and produce systems to use the rivers’ energy to power the great city of bridges.
Other forms of renewable energy have also decreased in cost, including solar and wind. As Pittsburgh begins to climb the ranks of top cities in the nation, it is time we progress to clean and renewable energy.