Thursday, April 9, 2015

On the IEA Predicting that by 2018 Global Coal Consumption Will Overtake Global Oil Consumption

This is a good thing, folks; the fact that there are over a billion people on the planet who don't have electricity and the only energy option that can match up in terms of scale and affordability is coal. Yes, it will probably add some pollution to the atmosphere (though it must be added that it probably won't be worse than the charcoal, palm oil, and dung that the third world is currently burning and it will actually mean less deforestation) but the only way that these countries will ever be able to achieve wealth and progress is to go through the same evolutionary process that we went through and unfortunately that means burning more fossil fuels. I'm sorry but that's the hard, honest truth.


BB-Idaho said...

There has been some promise with
bacterial fuel cells, the process
producing electricity and freshwater, a couple of needed
items. It is one of a number of
long term projects, some of which
may turn out to be of great benefit.

Will "take no prisoners" Hart said...

Hydro, nat gas, and nuclear (possibly supplemented by solar) - those are the "green" energy options of the future, in my opinion (the fact that they're the only ones that can match up to scale).