By Kenneth P. Green
Humans depend upon strength. From burning wooden to harnessing the atom, we now have depended on the intake of usual assets. As civilization grows and the call for for strength raises, we needs to ask ourselves how toe top meet our power wishes whereas responsibly stewarding our resources.
In considerable strength: The gasoline of Human Flourishing, Kenneth P. eco-friendly presents a quick heritage of our reliance on diversified assets of power, explores the viability of either present and capability destiny assets, and gives a imaginative and prescient for the duty of fueling human prosperity within the twenty-first century.
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Even the main train from Detroit to Chicago was lost temporarily. You might ask why people stuck on trains didn’t use their cell phones to give their trains’ locations. The answer is that all cell phones stopped working too – the towers that sent and received their signals were powered by the grid. Even Detroit’s homeland security director couldn’t use his cell phone. 15 THE ECONOMIC COSTS OF BLACKOUTS In addition to the human misery, which was widespread, the economic losses caused by the blackout were enormous.
Indirect energy in food is another interesting subject with policy relevance, and even relevance to individual consumer decisions. Many young people are interested in vegetarianism, and some vegetarians claim that being vegan is good for the earth because it uses less energy. And there is, indeed, significant variance in the energy intensiveness of the production of various kinds of meat. In general, processing larger animals is less efficient than processing smaller ones. A study conducted in Sweden found that chicken had the lowest energy consumption of the types of meat studied, at 18,500 calories per pound produced.
INDIRECT COSTS But that’s just the beginning of America’s energy bills. In addition to the direct use of energy, Americans consume a great deal of energy indirectly. Consider a simple cotton T-shirt. Energy is used to grow and harvest the cotton. More is used to transport that cotton to a factory. Still more energy is used to process the cotton, bleach, and dye and to weave the cotton into cloth. More energy is used to package the T-shirt, get it to a store, and so on. And even that’s only the tip of the energy iceberg, because it took energy to make the machines used throughout the process, as well as the dyes and chemicals.