Abundant Energy. The Fuel of Human Flourishing by Kenneth P. Green

By Kenneth P. Green

Humans depend upon strength. From burning wooden to harnessing the atom, we have now trusted the intake of typical assets. As civilization grows and the call for for strength raises, we needs to ask ourselves how toe top meet our strength wishes whereas responsibly stewarding our resources.

In plentiful power: The gasoline of Human Flourishing, Kenneth P. eco-friendly offers a quick historical past of our reliance on varied resources of power, explores the viability of either present and capability destiny resources, and gives a imaginative and prescient for the duty of fueling human prosperity within the twenty-first century.

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Politicians specialize in putting forward “aspirational” goals for rapid, massive changes to energy systems. But to the extent we divert resources toward such goals, we are fighting against the tide of energy-system history, and we risk neglecting existing energy systems that we will depend on for decades to come. In chapter 6, we will examine the slippery concept of “energy security,” which has been the stated goal of many a presidency and which is a ringing call that regularly falls from the tongues of those who wish to reduce energy imports, stop enriching our enemies, prevent economic harms from energy price shocks or supply disruptions, and so on.

I. Title. 790973—dc23 ROADMAP The goal of this book is to give readers the intellectual touchstones that will allow them to understand energy policy in a holistic and rigorous fashion. In the introduction, we will discuss the subject of energy writ large, consider its role in our society, and examine the importance of understanding both energy and how energy policy might affect our society as well as others around the world. In chapter 1, we will discuss humanity’s intimate relationship to the use of energy.

In the introduction, we will discuss the subject of energy writ large, consider its role in our society, and examine the importance of understanding both energy and how energy policy might affect our society as well as others around the world. In chapter 1, we will discuss humanity’s intimate relationship to the use of energy. We will see that, rather than being addicted to or dependent on energy use, human beings have adapted, over the millennia, to ever greater energy use and that adaptation has brought with it longer lives, better health, greater wealth, and vastly expanded opportunities for self-realization and development.

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