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    Identify the risks and benefits of extracting or using one type of nonrenewable and one type of renewable energy resource from a forest.

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    Non-renewable energy is generally hydrocarbon based. In a forest, you are likely to find some coal deposits. Many of the world's easily accessible oil reserves have been exhausted, but there are still vast coal deposits throughout the world. Coal bed methane (CBM) is often present in these deposits. The benefit of coal is that it is economical to convert it into energy. One major drawback is that it threatens the environment when burned, because it creates acid rain and greenhouse gases.

    Renewable energy sources in a forest include wood and methanol (wood alcohol). Wood waste, harvested from living trees, can be used when it is not desirable to remove the trees. The primary benefits ...

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    This solution provides a comparison of environmental impacts of one type of nonrenewable and one type of renewable energy resources. The explanation is given in 449 words.