By Mark Jaccard
A growing number of humans think we needs to quick wean ourselves from fossil fuels - oil, traditional gasoline and coal - to avoid wasting the planet from environmental disaster, wars and fiscal cave in. Professor Jaccard argues that this view is inaccurate. we've got the technological potential to take advantage of fossil fuels with out emitting climate-threatening greenhouse gases or different toxins. The transition from traditional oil and gasoline to their unconventional resources together with coal for generating electrical energy, hydrogen and cleaner-burning fuels will lessen strength dependence on politically risky areas. furthermore, our sizeable fossil gasoline assets often is the most cost-effective resource of fresh power for the subsequent century and maybe longer, that's severe for the commercial and social improvement of the world's poorer international locations. by means of paying for time for expanding strength potency, constructing renewable power applied sciences and making nuclear strength extra appealing, fossil fuels will play a key position in humanity's quest for a sustainable strength approach.
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E’ represents primary energy consumption. Sources: GDP data: A. Maddison, The World Economy: A Millennial Perspective (Paris: OECD, 2001). Energy data: N. Nakicenovic and A. Grubler, “Energy and the Protection of the Atmosphere,” International Journal of Global Energy Issues 13, 1–3 (2000): 4–56; and International Energy Agency, Energy Balances of nonOECD Countries 1998–1999 (Paris: OECD, 2000). Humans have sought ways of reducing or preventing the emissions, and other damages such as oil spills, associated with fossil fuel use.
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Thus, while improvements in energy intensity do decrease energy consumption for a given level of economic output, the historical growth in economic output has been at a much faster pace than the rate of that energy intensity improvement. Per capita economic growth and rapid population growth have combined to outpace any downward influence from decreased energy intensity. 3. Global energy intensity: 1850–2000. GDP is expressed in terms of International Geary-Khamis dollars. ‘E’ represents primary energy consumption.