The basic question underlying our energy policy debates is this: Should we be free to generate more and more energy using fossil fuels?
Author: Alex J. Epstein
The basic question underlying our energy policy debates is this: Should we be free to generate more and more energy using fossil fuels? Or should we restrict and progressively outlaw fossil fuels as "dirty energy"? I believe that if we look at the big picture, the facts are clear. If we want a healthy, livable environment, then we must be free to use fossil fuels. Why? Because for the foreseeable future, fossil fuels provide the key to a great environment: abundant, affordable, reliable energy.
Release on 1998 | by U.S. Global Change Research Program
Ecosystem Response to Increasing Atmospheric CO2 With continued use of fossil fuels , atmospheric CO2 concentrations will continue to rise substantially
over at least the next century . A long history of CO2 - enhancement There are
Like a blanket around the Earth, atmospheric CO, absorbs heat radiation emitted
by the sun-warmed planet, and radiates it back to the surface. ... These biomass-
based fuels can be substituted for fossil fuels and thereby check the net increase
in atmospheric CO,. ... into alternative fuels has been driven by our need to
reduce U.S. dependence on imported fossil fuels, improve our balance of
For example: • Research has demonstrated that increased use of fossil fuels
since the mid-1800s is changing the ... and document changes in the Earth
system • To understand why these changes are occurring To improve predictions
of future ...
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How can this be? The explanation, energy expert Alex Epstein argues in The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, is that we usually hear only one side of the story.
Author: Alex Epstein
Category: Business & Economics
Could everything we know about fossil fuels be wrong? For decades, environmentalists have told us that using fossil fuels is a self-destructive addiction that will destroy our planet. Yet at the same time, by every measure of human well-being, from life expectancy to clean water to climate safety, life has been getting better and better. How can this be? The explanation, energy expert Alex Epstein argues in The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, is that we usually hear only one side of the story. We’re taught to think only of the negatives of fossil fuels, their risks and side effects, but not their positives—their unique ability to provide cheap, reliable energy for a world of seven billion people. And the moral significance of cheap, reliable energy, Epstein argues, is woefully underrated. Energy is our ability to improve every single aspect of life, whether economic or environmental. If we look at the big picture of fossil fuels compared with the alternatives, the overall impact of using fossil fuels is to make the world a far better place. We are morally obligated to use more fossil fuels for the sake of our economy and our environment. Drawing on original insights and cutting-edge research, Epstein argues that most of what we hear about fossil fuels is a myth. For instance . . . Myth: Fossil fuels are dirty. Truth: The environmental benefits of using fossil fuels far outweigh the risks. Fossil fuels don’t take a naturally clean environment and make it dirty; they take a naturally dirty environment and make it clean. They don’t take a naturally safe climate and make it dangerous; they take a naturally dangerous climate and make it ever safer. Myth: Fossil fuels are unsustainable, so we should strive to use “renewable” solar and wind. Truth: The sun and wind are intermittent, unreliable fuels that always need backup from a reliable source of energy—usually fossil fuels. There are huge amounts of fossil fuels left, and we have plenty of time to find something cheaper. Myth: Fossil fuels are hurting the developing world. Truth: Fossil fuels are the key to improving the quality of life for billions of people in the developing world. If we withhold them, access to clean water plummets, critical medical machines like incubators become impossible to operate, and life expectancy drops significantly. Calls to “get off fossil fuels” are calls to degrade the lives of innocent people who merely want the same opportunities we enjoy in the West. Taking everything into account, including the facts about climate change, Epstein argues that “fossil fuels are easy to misunderstand and demonize, but they are absolutely good to use. And they absolutely need to be championed. . . . Mankind’s use of fossil fuels is supremely virtuous—because human life is the standard of value and because using fossil fuels transforms our environment to make it wonderful for human life.”
Multisensory Learning : Audiovisuals General Energy : The Fuels and Man ; 1978
; 23 min . ; what energy is ; past and present ... More for Less from Race to Save
the Planet ; 1990 ; 60 min ; ways to reduce fossil fuel consumption and improve ...
A consumption tax on fossil fuels produced revenues for the management of
forested lands through environmental service ... train will help improve the quality
of public transport while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel
Release on 2006-06-15 | by American Association for the Advancement of Science
By Gretchen Vogel If technologies for hydrogen fuel take off , one of the biggest
winners could be the developing world . Just as cell ... Countries not yet
committed the University of Iceland , one of the leaders of the to fossil fuels might
go straight to hydrogen . ... ( usually in the form of subsidies ) that would bring
down the price and improve the performance of renewables in comparison with fossil fuels .
Author: American Association for the Advancement of Science
A unique contribution that brings together leading environmental scientists and researchers to give readers a comprehensive yet accessible overview of current issues.
... intensively as the United States, it is estimated that all known oil reserves
would be depleted in about 12 years. While the intensification of agriculture has
brought huge benefits, the improved harvests are built on the availability of fossil fuel.
Author: Mark B. Bush
Publisher: Benjamin Cummings
This text is ideal for either an ecology course with a strong environmental emphasis or an environmental science course that focuses heavily on ecological principles. The first introductory text to outline the fundamental ecological principles which provide the foundation for understanding environmental issues. A strong framework of applied ecology is used to explore specifics such as habitat fragmentation, acid deposition, and the emergence of new human diseases. *Two new chapters: Wetland Science and Fishery Management *Completely revised chapters on climate, habitat fragmentation, conservation biology, disease, and the future *Further readings-Includes classic papers, conflicting viewpoints, and accessible summaries of related ideas *Web Connections - Text specific website. Includes on-line quizzes, critical thinking questions, links to Web's best ecology sites, and Prentice Hall's syllabus manager *Emphasizes scientific arguments relating to environmental issues vs. environmental activism *Ecology in Action essays-Emphasizes the process of science
Firstly , as to carbon dioxide in the atmosphere , we had the following to say : " All
combustion of fossil fuels produces ... fine particles change the heat balance of
the earth ” " fossil fuel combustion producing CO2 increasing in atmosphere at 0 .
... but renewal Richard Mabey Using energy more efficiently not only saves
power plants ( both nuclear and fossil fuel ) is ... The improve the energy
efficiency of their customers overall efficiency of energy use can thus be than to
invest in new ...
Author: Edward Goldsmith
Publisher: MIT Press (MA)
Category: Contaminación - Aspectos ambientales
A presentation of a wide range of ecosystems, examining the critical enviornmental issues and proposing solutions in agriculture, energy, and society.
But unlike many modern climate scientists , Arrhenius was not worried that we
would burn too much fossil fuel and cook ... especially as regards the colder
regions of the earth , " and this warmer climate would improve food production “
for the ...
Author: Jeff Goodell
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Category: Climatic changes
Goodell persuades readers that geoengineering may just be the last best hope--a Plan B for the environment. His compelling tale of scientific hubris and technical daring is sure to jump-start the next big debate about the future of life on Earth.
An Introduction to Earth System Science and Global Environmental Change Fred
T. Mackenzie. the preindustrial level ... According to the IPCC report , nuclear
power is the most technically feasible alternative to fossil fuels for generating
electricity . However , in the ... The IPCC report also identified areas to improve
knowledge for future decisions involving global environmental change . They
included ( a ) ...
Author: Fred T. Mackenzie
Category: Environmental sciences
This text is a general interdisciplinary discussion of global environmental change oriented toward the non-specialist in science. Presented are both Earth Science and ecological concepts related to global change, as well as discussion of the human dimensions of change.
... hardly uses fossil fuel for space and water heating and about a tenth of the
normal amount of electricity . But his research is impeccable and routinely bought
- in by very hardnosed people . When he says that US cars could improve their
Author: Richard North
Category: Social Science
This text re-evaluates global questions such as feeding the world, energy, pollution and green consumerism. It argues that the fashionable view that "progress" opposes "caring for the environment" should be dropped, and that people should be satisfied with a permanent change in their environment.
... air and noise pollution , and congestion Improve air quality , improve public
transport , reduce congestion , promote low emissions vehicles Provide transport
systems and infrastructure that reduce dependence on fossil fuel use , eg by cars
Author: Pooran Desai
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Incorporated
The approach which links the science of ecological footprinting to a simple framework of principles, and how the framework is being applied to create a coherent approach to projects in the UK, Europe, USA, South Africa, the Middle East, China and Australia, It also draws on other examples of best practice from around the world.
Compared to the burning of fossil fuels to create electricity, nuclear power
generation produces very little waste. ... Although constant efforts are made to improve the management of nuclear waste, it is very difficult to find long-term
Author: Jill Foran
Publisher: Creative Publishing International
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
What is the impact of genetic engineering? Where does hazardous waste go? Why is water our most precious resource? When will we run out of oil? These are important questions students will be asking as we move into the 21st century. Book jacket.
Created as a companion to a Frontiers of Science lecture series at Columbia, this book discusses the fate and climatic consequences of the CO2 produced by burning fossil fuels, and the effect tripled atmospheric CO2 may have on our climate. It addresses the limitations of current climate models, and looks at different approaches to reducing atmospheric carbon.
Current reserves of fossil fuels and clean energy . ... 8 % of the global E AC , it
will not have a large impact on future energy reserves , even if abatement
technologies improve . Fuel EXAC CO2 ( Mtoe ) 13 , 169 43 , 191 EXAC NOX (
Mtoe ) 72 . ... Owing that variable costs are dominant in the costs of electricity , it
is easy to guess that the cost of cleaning the planet - from the effects of electricity
We do influence policymaking , including policies that help us improve our
understanding . Through personal ... Burning fossil fuels , for instance , is a major
factor that has got us into this predicament and is making it worse . You and I
Author: Royal Society of Canada
This book is the result in bringing together experts from many fields and persuading them to tell us what they have learned about the current changes.