Don’t Worry, Someone Will Fix This Too It is often said that man is God's divine and intelligent creation, to believe this you would also have to be blind and ignorant to every inch of modern creation. Humans are the only creature capable of not only killing each other, but destroying every life form on this beautiful planet in the process. We are somehow convinced that this modern age is the future and, in turn, the only way of life, when in fact we are so close to everything falling apart “We will not believe that this is happening to us” (Kunstler 540). The historians of the future (if there are any) will likely look back at writers like Alfonso Roamano De Sant’ Anna, James Kunstler, Nicholas Kristof and laugh that no one took their writing seriously. Each of their has a constant theme of environmental awareness. It is time for man to look around at his playground, for we have long forgotten the childhood game “clean up” that we once knew. If you spend some time asking around most people will believe they are well informed on the current global crisis and will tell you all about global warming. Global warming is crisis no doubt about it, “If Greenland’s ice sheet melted completely, that alone...would raise the oceans by 23 feet”(Kristoff 530), but that is just not grasping the depth of the issue. Surely there is more to it, positive feedback loops, deforestation, growing deserts, international conflict, growing populations, food shortages and that pretty much wraps it up... right? Oh and the whole energy crisis thing. Start talking about gas prices and most people will complain about the rising cost but are convinced that the problem is either going to fix itself, or be fixed by someones brilliant new idea. If you are old enough, maybe you will be lucky enough to be gone before anything happens. But there will be a generation to face it, Affonso Romano De Sant Anna said in his Letter to the Dead “each generation, full of itself / continues to think / that it lives at the summit of history.”(lines 43-45) for the generations to come there will be no summit, fall is closer to the correct word. The United States reached its oil peak of 11 million barrels a day in 1970 and since then has dropped below 5 million barrels a day. Yet we consume roughly 20 million barrels a day (Kunstler 535). If you are a thinker you will ask “how does this work?” and the answer, well it doesn’t work. So the next assumption is “alternative fuels”, sorry but this is the sick joke society has pushed over its heads, “No combination of alternative fuels will allow us to run american life the way we have been used to running it”(Kunstler 536). At this point the often and unfortunately blind optimist will say “ah but you forgot about renewable energy?”:
Wishful notions about rescuing our way of life with “renewables” are also unrealistic. Solar-electric systems and wind turbines face not only the…
Energy Economics – Study Notes
In Canada, 75% of our energy is Hydrocarbons, 15% Renewables, and 10% Nuclear.
In the World, 81% is Hydrocarbon, 13% Renewables, and 6% Nuclear.
World consumption of oil is about 90 million barrels per
day or about 30 billion barrels of oil per year.
World consumption of natural gas is about 300 billion
cubic feet per day or about 100 trillion cubic feet per year.
FRACKING – involves applying high pressure water to break rocks, in order to extract…
Why is energy security a problem for the world?
Energy supply, demand and security
Investigate the different types of energy, classification and their impacts.
What is the distribution of energy resources?
What are the trends in global energy and demand?
Why is energy security rising?
The impacts of energy insecurity
What are the developments in energy infrastructure?
What are the tensions, costs and conflicts of energy insecurity…
global food price had kept rising in the first half year. This rose was another signal of the change in economy trends which was needed to be paid more attentions.
Since 2005 global food price had risen for 21 percent, but for grain and cooking oil the prices rose for 30 more percent. This price could be the highest price since 1990 (NBD , 2011). From all kinds of food, dairy products were the winner of price rose. According to Mr. Calpe, who is the senior economist of FAO, the low production…
crude oil without a license from the basis of my three arguments.
1) Current production of crude oil we are getting.
Ever since 1970, United States had been getting more crude oil than ever
According to the NYTimes.com, crude oil had reached its peak point ever since 1974 of producing 9.6 million barrels of oil per day in the next upcoming couple of years and clearly this must be looked upon as an advantage
A report made from New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez of January 7th, 2014 the crude oil that…
Will the world’s oil ever run out?
In this project, I want to produce a varied presentation the question in hand and discuss the myths commonly associated with oil running out.
Oil has been running our world for several hundred years, we use it every day in our cars, to run our houses through the use of electricity and it is in common objects like plastic. It is one of the most commonly known and used resource in this modern era. Unfortunately it is not a renewable resource and therefore…
Biofuels is a new forms of energy which are derived from biological carbon fixation and become a trend. People always say that it is a good green energy to replace the original energy forms, like diesel fuel and petrol fuel to reduce the carbon dioxide around the world(the impact) but people still argue with this energy forms because there are some advantages and disadvantages for the plant. This eassy will present the biofuels explanation, the advantages and disadvantages and find out are biofuels…
The Hubbert Peak Theory says that at some point oil production will peak, after which the amount of oil that is being produced will decline. Once the decline has started it will become a loss in oil production and will never again reach the levels they were at during its peak. When this takes place there are going to be serious consequences to the world’s economy that relies on oil.
Proponents of this controversial idea say global oil production is now at or near its zenith. Once the…
How did the national demand for oil affect the local businesses in Texas, and how did Texas oil discoveries affect the national oil market?
As the Texas oil industry grew, so did related industries. Some companies began producing oil by-products such as petrochemicals. Others produced pipelines, barrels, and oil-field equipment. As these companies began moving into oil towns such as Houston, Beaumont, and Port Arthur, they further expanded the local economies. Some moved into small towns, quickly…
proponents of the 'Peak Oil' theory, the world is expected to face severe oil shortages in the near future. Then, how can mankind meet its energy needs?
Peak oil is the point in time when the maximum rate of global petroleum extraction is reached, after which the rate of production enters terminal decline. The concept is based on the observed production rates of individual oil wells, and the combined production rate of a field of related oil wells. The aggregate production rate from an oil field over…
No. We should not continue using oil as the major source of energy.
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1st year, ---
Workshop 1 class EE
July 2, 2014
For the past several decades we have been relying on oil as our major source of energy. It is oil that driven the industrial revolution and turn the global economy into what it is right now. However, the increasing rate of our reliance and hunger for oil has been causing us devastating problems so awful that we can’t afford to ignore…