Recently, the world’s population spilled over the 7 billion mark, continuing the world’s increasing population trend. With so many people inhabiting the world and that number ever-growing, we have the need for a stable source of energy that won’t be abused in the way oil was and is.

In the wake of the amazing technologies 21st-century life has brought us, we don’t really know how new technology can help us kick the oil addiction. The purpose of this writing is not to go into the hard facts and statistics of the issue; it’s merely some pathways that we could look at. From there you, the reader, can decide your own stance on the topic.

Now for you “green freaks” out there, you may want to avert your eyes. Probably the most likely occurrence for the future of energy in the United States is a reliance on oil until the bitter end. And the end will be bitter. The world’s supply of crude oil is being used at an increasing rate and depleting fast.

It has been stated that in my generation (I’m 16) we’ll see the end of oil drilling, quite simply because of the lack of oil. Next, there’s coal. It may not be the best for the environment, but still gets the job done. But the ultimate goal is to apprehend an energy source that either is so readily available we won’t run out, or one that can be reused or restored.

Biomass is a perfect example of an energy source that is extremely available. Probably the biomass material most used for energy is wood. In a state where trees are everywhere you lay your eyes, wood can be the perfect source of energy.

And now for the biggies of renewable energy, wind and solar. This may be very disappointing, but the combined total output of solar and wind energy in optimal conditions is less that 5 percent of the total consumed energy of the U.S.

Probably the most promising option out there is biomass. Wood is just the tip of the iceberg. Just about any organic material that can be used as energy falls into this category. Nuclear energy is also an efficient way to obtain energy.

The conclusions you draw are just that, your conclusions. I can just offer you mine. For the past century we’ve been heavily reliant on gasoline, mostly for transportation. I think we have too many items reliant on gas to convert or replace.

Recently, a massive amount of crude oil has been discovered in North Dakota. I think that this should remain in place while we continue buying oil from other countries. When the world runs out, we’ve got more than enough to power our essentials.

Up until then we should really research biomass. If we could harness the biological materials around us, great. Plus, we won’t be buying it from other countries. Nuclear power plants are effective producers of energy and, with the U.S.A. having the best engineers in the world, the plants are safe.

So there you have it, how to kick the oil addiction. I just hope we don’t wait until the last second to realize we need to move on.

Kyle Blake is a student at Searsport District High School, and is enrolled in Current World Events and Social Issues, a new class taught by Chris Goosman. Goosman explained that students in the class choose current topics to research, then present their findings to the rest of the class. One question that the whole class tackled was, “Can the U.S. become energy independent?” Projects included research papers and artwork, and Blake wrote this piece that included his ideas as well as the research of some of his classmates.