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Land use has and will continue to be a complicated topic. We need land to succeed as a country and a species, but it is equally as important to keep the land as pristine as possible to not affect natural ecosystems. As population continues to increase, urbanization and economic growth has inevitably had an impact on climate change.¹ Parallel to an increase in land development is an increase in power generation. As cities grow, technology evolves, and energy use goes up. With this increase in technology, new sources of power generation are emerging. While fossil fuels have always been the standard source of energy, renewable energy sources such as wind and biomass are on the rise.² This change is not happening fast enough, as increasing development has brought with it loss in forests, farmland, species diversity, and an increase in pollution.³. I examined the relationship between land use in the United States and the types of energy generated. I hypothesize that areas with a high percentage of developed land will have more fossil fuel generated power, and areas with a high percentage of agriculture will have more renewably generated energy.


Providence College


Spring 5-19-2023





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