It's time to look for a solution. In the Debate section, you can see sent-in or hand-transcribed discussions between San Jacinto high schoolers as to why their favored source of electricity is superior. In the Reasons section, you can see the pros and cons of each source of electricity laid out in bullet points. In the Learn section, you can find out the mechanics of various generator types. And in the Join In section, you're able to send in your opinions, or join the club.
First meeting on October 27, 2017, at two outside of the 100 building.
It may seem like electric power is magic or some sort of godlike power. Really, no. But that doesn't mean there's no purpose for it, because you don't think about it. Electric power pervades every facet of our society - obviously, if you're reading this, you're using electric power. If you look at any manufactured product, you can assume some sort of electricity was involved in its' creation.
The uses for electricity are numerous—these include communications; telephones, internet communications such as IRC, VOIP, and Usenet. Industry; including construction and fabrication, transportation, and records-keeping. Domestic uses include the obvious lightbulbs, air conditioning, and appliances, but also furniture, plastics, fixtures, fire and smoke alarms, and food products. Anything you can grab has a lot of electrical power behind its' creation (and, often, use.) Recycling comes to mind—the most frequent idea of recycling is just sorting, but that's not really recycling—with a quite large amount of energy going into it. A third of the cost of recycling comes from energy costs, due to the very high temperatures used in the process. The average person in the United States now uses about 10,820 kilowatt-hours (one kilowatt sustained in one hour, or about 3600 kilojoules, or 10.8 megawatt-hours) per year, this includes all the food and products they consume.
Energy consumption has been skyrocketing. In 1925, only a few million people had or used electrical power. Nowadays, if you live in a Western country, you use electrical power. Power plants are nowadays the single most important buildings, and power companies the most successful utilities. An easy way to predict the prosperity of a nation is simply to see their power consumption; if it's high, the country itself is likely to be more prosperous. And indeed, this often holds true, meaning it's one way that plenty of poorer countries attempt to make themselves richer.