Monday, April 8, 2013

Energy then and now

Is this a case of "The more things change the more things stay the same?"

Below is a link to a story from NPR / Planet Money comparing and contrasting energy use from 1961 to 2011.  Nuclear power and renewables as sources of energy tick up, but not dramatically.  The big users are manufacturing, transportation and homes, with retail trailing significantly and the big sources are oil, natural gas, coal, with renewables - mostly hydro - and nuclear power trailing.

The charts remind us of the central role energy plays in our economy.  Stable, low cost energy prompts economic growth.  Artificially raising the cost of energy - which has been the mindless response to the specter of global warming - harms economic growth which, in turn, harms the poor.  Cheap reliable sources of energy support economic growth.  Producing energy economically, and without undue, or excess harm to the environment, ensures such growth.  Advocates of sustainable development and increased efficiency and productivity in manufacturing and the built industry need to support a diverse array of such energy sources.

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