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Frank H. T. Rhodes

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801478239

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801478239.001.0001

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Energy as Sustenance

Energy as Sustenance

Energy and Society

(p.257) Chapter 21 Energy as Sustenance

Frank H. T. Rhodes

Cornell University Press

This chapter searches for adequate, sustainable, safe, and secure energy supplies for the long term. It argues that human history is linked to energy use, therefore human progress and prosperity necessitates more efficient uses and more abundant supplies of energy. Energy is critical for sustaining our growing global population and in preserving a habitable environment and producing all the materials, objects, resources, and other things we need to live in it. Hence the chapter looks at two categories of energy sources: renewable and nonrenewable. It looks at how these energy sources occur, how they are discovered, extracted, refined, transported, and used. In addition, the chapter examines their reserves, costs, and future contribution to our needs. Finally, the chapter looks at where we stand in terms of future needs, future supplies, and the policies we need to sustain our society.

Keywords:   energy, energy supplies, energy sources, renewable energy, nonrenewable energy

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