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.

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Report on Bias in News Reporting of Keystone Pipeline

A Critique

Critique of the News Report

The video in focus is about the government’s decision on the keystone project in United States of America. The keystone project was a controversial subject at the time as it was predicted that it would provide many jobs to people and would bring economic benefit to the country. The cause of the controversy was that environmentalists predicted that the project would cause damage to the environment which would amount to the increase of global warming. The decision taken by president Barack Obama was to not go forward with the project which was taken very harshly by people and this news report shows this under a very negative light with the utmost bias as there is not the slightest consideration shown for the environmental damage but the entire focus is upon the “jobs lost” in the process.
The bias is not only due to the views of the interviewee but the subject of the report and the questions and focus of the interviewer is only concerned with one side of the argument while she completely disregards the other vital side of the argument which was a priority for the entire world (global warming) and still is to date as 2014 was declared the hottest year till date. It is the duty of any news reporter to focus on both sides of the conflict and if an interviewee is leaned towards a particular side then it is likely that the reporter should ask him about the reason of not considering about the other side of the issue which in this case, is the issue of the environment.
There is the usage of confirmation bias as the opening statement by the reporter is of a person who has a biased view on the issue and solely focuses on the part where the economic impact is considered and not the long term environmental impact.
There is a heavy usage of framing bias in this news story as the decision by the president is shown under a negative light and it seems that the story supports the views of the opposition party in the current government which is wrong. The reporter deems the actions as anti-development by saying “why is he sticking his neck out for this?” This is a leading question by the interviewer which shows utmost bias by the news channel.
The environmentalists are shown under a very negative light and no environmental implications of the keystone project are shown in the report/interview. The reporter herself projects a negative remark about the environmentalists and the president and is trying to show that the decision is taken to secure the votes of environmentalists and not to stop climate change.
There is overconfidence displayed by the reporter as she says that there are jobs to be created when in reality the number of jobs to be created in reality were minimal. Overconfidence can be seen in the introduction of the governor which displays that “he led Indiana to the first balanced budget in years”. News channels do not need to show the achievements of an interviewee to support his views. This is a direct criticism on the president’s decision on the issue and bias which can be clearly seen through the leading questions of the reporter.