Next Steps

Okay. I’ve made my case here that the world will somewhat unexpectedly be burning almost 1,000 quads of fuel in 20 years’ time.  When I muster up the courage to get back into the data, I’ll strive to make the case that we’re on course to consume 2,000 quads in 2050 and close to 3,000 quads by 2075.

In the meantime, I intend to blog for a while about what a world that consumes that much energy will look like and the choices we can make that will influence the outcome.

What you will not ever see me do here is to say that 1,000, 2,000 or 3,000 quads is too much energy to consume. I don’t believe that. If that is the appropriate amount of energy to consume to help the world develop to a standard of living that the people living in it consider adequate, then I think we need to do that. Indian farmers should not have to burn dung because politicians  think energy should be rationed.

I’ll be happy to explore the role energy efficiency can play in helping us keep the environment clean and maybe lower the demand we put on energy producers. But I pretty firmly believe that we’re going to need energy in the amounts I’ve been writing about.

9 responses to “Next Steps

  1. “If that is the appropriate amount of energy to consume to help the world develop to a standard of living that the people living in it consider adequate, then I think we need to do that.”
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    That is spot on !
    There is a balance/trade off between using the resources that the planet has, and the “waste’ or pollution that is generated from it.
    How many more people are alive today because of the availability of cheap and reliable energy !!! (not to mention the increasing quality of life)

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  3. Tom,
    Great to see you back at it.
    I look forward to following you again.
    Best regards,
    hunter

  4. Thank you for putting the effort in to produce this blog. The gulf between American knowledge of an issue and its relative importance is probably wider in the energy area than any other. Efforts like this, I hope, will do something to narrow that gulf.

    Ken in North Dakota.

  5. Oddly, I see no link to Robert Bryce’s website. http://www.robertbryce.com/
    Thanks, Ken

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