Original document was submitted as an honors thesis requirement. Copyright is held by the author.

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The current sources of energy that the United States uses to produce electricity are costly, extremely damaging to the environment, and cause us to rely on other countries for our energy needs. The Obama Administration has begun working on replacing coal and oil with cleaner sources of energy. Over the last decade, alternative energy sources have been slowly gaining popularity as the American public learns more about climate change. However, the U.S. government will not use renewable energy as a complete substitute for fossil fuels in the immediate future because of their higher market price. The world is struggling to bear the damages caused by the production of electricity, and finding a cheap and clean energy source, not only for the United States but for the rest of the world, will become increasingly important as the BRIC countries grow in population, production, and exports. My paper will analyze current energy sources for electricity production and attempt to find better alternatives than the current energy distribution