Argumentative Essay on Energy Changes in UAE

Energy changes in the UAE

The energy sources that are used by the people on earth cover almost 3 quarters of earth. The UAE is one of the most popular sources of oil and natural gas; which sets the odds in favor for UAE and its doesn’t need to go to other countries for its energy requirements. Additionally, it is one of the major reasons for the development of UAE. Then it seems that the more than necessary usage of fuel and gas is becoming hazardous for earth. UAE currently aims to shift its energy priorities to clean energy sources like nuclear and solar energy sources from the traditional oil and gas to be self-sufficient in all types of energy forms.

The natural gas has a lot of benefits that make it the first choice for people in choosing it as a source of energy, but it also has some negative parts. On the positive side, some part of the population considers it to be the cheapest source of energy and also that it gives a better quality of energy than coal. On the other hand it has some long terms effects like it will decrease the amount of carbon emissions in the next few years and but at best it will keep them flat through 2050 which should warn us to be more attentive regarding pollution and global warming issues. (Rothman, 2012) Moreover, gas as a resource provides many amenities to the area like it provides employment and the electricity consumption becomes cheaper. But the gas generates greenhouse gases from drilling and transporting. But due to the drilling and transport of gas, greenhouse gases are generated and it is one of the primary reasons of global warming.

It was a general assumption of people that if oil gets depleted than no other source of energy will be able to replace it. As we all know oil is one of the primary energy sources that has multiple uses; like fuel for vehicles, industry and other usages. It was also discovered recently that Dubai houses 95% of UAE’s fuel reserves and 92% of its gas reserves and also that the oil reserves of Abu Dhabi are going to continue for another 150 years. (Kapur, 2010) Oil reserves have their pros and cons, pros are that they provide employment to people but the cons are that they are hazardous to health and they also induce pneumonia which is caused by the gases diffused around the drilling stations.

It is evident that UAE is putting efforts to develop clean energy sources keeping the future in mind. Currently, all major countries are competing with each other in terms of producing clean energy sources and UAE is aiming to generate 25% of its energy from nuclear energy sources and it is also one of the first states in the GCC region to contain a nuclear plant. (Abu Dhabi sets nuclear standard, 2014) This opportunity will give the Emirates a big chance to decrease oil and gas prices as it is one of the largest exporters of oil and gas. The energy ministry chose the place that is perfect for the nuclear station; near the sea and it is shaped like a semi-circle that reduces the odds of it getting affected by tsunami and earthquakes which is a big advantage for UAE as it faces challenges in housing such a facility because of problems related to land area.

UAE gets a lot of sunlight being in such a region but that has encouraged the energy ministry to increase the number of solar panels used for generating solar energy. There have been plans to install solar panels on houses and offices to help generate more solar power and there is also a provision for a solar park which will be developed by 2030 and is said to have the capacity to produce 1000 MW electricity. (Todorova, 2014) Also one of the best examples of a facility using solar energy in the UAE is the Shams 1 station which is the first solar station that generates the largest amount of power in the world. There is one problem faced regarding solar cells which is cleaning; some people find that there are some difficulties in cleaning because still there is no specific method discovered.

Energy is one of the prime concerns and necessities of the current world which is dependent on technology in every aspect. The UAE is beginning to get the stature of being one of the most advanced and futuristic societies and it aims to create an advanced government in the next few years. It has started developing all kinds of energy sources to be self sufficient in terms of energy and it can focus on other areas. UAE energy ministry tries to generate energy from clean energy sources rather than the traditional energy sources. In addition some clean energy has some negative side but our ministry tries to study it carefully to solve this problem. Some of these clean energy types have certain negative impacts (i.e. Nuclear Energy) but the energy ministry is trying its best to reduce the pollution and aims to give people the chance to understand the benefits of clean energy and encourages the people to use renewable energy sources in their houses/ offices in future.

Bibliography
Abu Dhabi sets nuclear standard. (2014, March 19). Retrieved May 20, 2014, from http://www.thenational.ae: http://www.thenational.ae/business/energy/abu-dhabi-sets-nuclear-standard
Kapur, S. (2010, March 31). Abu Dhabi’s oil reserves to last another 150 years. Emirates 24/7 .
Rothman, D. (2012, September/October). King Natural Gas. Technology review , pp. 77-79.
Todorova, V. (2014, January 30). UAE homes and businesses to harness own solar power. Retrieved May 20, 2014, from http://www.thenational.ae/: http://www.thenational.ae/uae/environment/uae-homes-and-businesses-to-harness-own-solar-power

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