By Kenneth P. Green
Humans rely on strength. From burning wooden to harnessing the atom, we now have trusted the intake of common assets. As civilization grows and the call for for power raises, we needs to ask ourselves how toe most sensible meet our strength wishes whereas responsibly stewarding our resources.
In plentiful power: The gas of Human Flourishing, Kenneth P. eco-friendly presents a short heritage of our reliance on assorted resources of strength, explores the viability of either present and power destiny assets, and gives a imaginative and prescient for the duty of fueling human prosperity within the twenty-first century.
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Cellular phones became paperweights. Botkin details some of the misery: Rush-hour commuters were stalled everywhere, Perhaps the worst spot to be driving was in or into the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, between Michigan and Ontario. About 27,000 commuters used it daily. Some were stuck in the dark. People waited seven hours in the line to go through. Amtrak trains stopped running: the railroad was without electric signals, and even more surprising, no one had any idea where any train was. Even the main train from Detroit to Chicago was lost temporarily.
24 THE ENVIRONMENTAL KUZNETS CURVE But the above view of the relationship between energy and the environment is both naïve and misleading. Economists have long observed that there is a better way to look at the triad relationship of humans, energy, and the environment, and that is a much more optimistic one, based on observations of how energy’s impact on the environment changes as countries go through development. Rather than displaying a linear relationship between energy use and environmental degradation, the real relationship looks more like an inverted letter U.
INDIRECT COSTS But that’s just the beginning of America’s energy bills. In addition to the direct use of energy, Americans consume a great deal of energy indirectly. Consider a simple cotton T-shirt. Energy is used to grow and harvest the cotton. More is used to transport that cotton to a factory. Still more energy is used to process the cotton, bleach, and dye and to weave the cotton into cloth. More energy is used to package the T-shirt, get it to a store, and so on. And even that’s only the tip of the energy iceberg, because it took energy to make the machines used throughout the process, as well as the dyes and chemicals.