By Kenneth P. Green
Humans depend upon strength. From burning wooden to harnessing the atom, we now have depended on the intake of average assets. As civilization grows and the call for for strength raises, we needs to ask ourselves how toe top meet our power wishes whereas responsibly stewarding our resources.
In plentiful power: The gas of Human Flourishing, Kenneth P. eco-friendly presents a quick heritage of our reliance on diverse assets of strength, explores the viability of either present and capability destiny resources, and provides a imaginative and prescient for the duty of fueling human prosperity within the twenty-first century.
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But understanding the relationship between energy and the environment requires an understanding of the relationship between energy-stimulated societal wealth creation and environmental protection. As we will see, mainstream environmentalism has misunderstood the nature of environmental progress in general, as well as how it pertains to energy use. Contrary to the free-lunch claims of many environmentalists, we will show that environmental protection is something that can be provided only by countries that are wealthy enough to afford it.
As author Stephen Budiansky observed in an article he penned for the New York Times, “It takes about a tablespoon of diesel fuel to move one pound of freight 3,000 miles by rail; that works out to about 100 calories of energy. If it goes by truck, it’s about 300 calories, still a negligible amount in the overall picture. ”10 Budiansky goes on to point out that what you do with your food once you get it home is far more important than where you get it from: The real energy hog, it turns out, is not industrial agriculture at all, but you and me.
17 But it isn’t only huge blackouts that cause economic harm. Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley point out that even smaller, shorter blackouts can impose significant costs. 18 THE CAPACITY FACTOR Reliability is an important factor in today’s discussions about how we wish to develop our energy systems, because different types of power generation have different levels of reliability. And to understand this, we have to look not only at how much energy a given type of generator could produce but how often that generator actually runs at its peak level of output.