Abundant Energy. The Fuel of Human Flourishing by Kenneth P. Green

By Kenneth P. Green

Humans rely on power. From burning wooden to harnessing the atom, we've got depended on the intake of usual assets. As civilization grows and the call for for power raises, we needs to ask ourselves how toe top meet our power wishes whereas responsibly stewarding our resources.

In considerable power: The gasoline of Human Flourishing, Kenneth P. eco-friendly presents a short heritage of our reliance on varied resources of power, explores the viability of either present and power destiny resources, and gives a imaginative and prescient for the duty of fueling human prosperity within the twenty-first century.

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The same is true for eggs and meat. And interestingly enough, it’s not only humans that prefer cooked food; so do chimpanzees, other apes, and even insects. Having observed that our modern-day simian relatives prefer their food cooked, and understanding that changes in diet often precipitate major changes in the biology of organisms, Wrangham casts his eye backward, looking for rapid changes in human development as proxy indicators for when fire may have been harnessed for cooking food. Wrangham ultimately settles on a major shift in human living and mobility: the change from a largely tree-dependent lifestyle to a more ground-dependent lifestyle.

As we observed: The amount of oil-based products entering the water each year from offshore production pales in comparison to the amount released through natural seeps or due to human consumption, disposal, and leakage of petroleum products. The NAS 2003 report brief Oil in the Sea III notes that “releases from extraction and transportation of petroleum represent less than 10 percent of inputs from human activity. ” Some estimate that the amount of oil-based products Americans pour down their household drains exceeds 300 million gallons (or about 1 million tons—much more oil than the Deepwater Horizon’s upper spill estimate) each year.

This is the point of action, or Pa. Finally, and usually in relatively short order, the overuse ends, and resource use is reduced, one hopes, to the maximum sustainable level, which is indicated in the figure as Psust. Driving environmental resource use to zero, whether it’s the consumption of a given fuel or the use of nature’s waste remediation ability, represents a massive amount of lost economic value that could be used for a myriad of good uses, such as alleviating poverty here and abroad or paying for the many entitlements that the United States has adopted over the last century.

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