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Chapter 3. Converging CrisesEnergy

The End of fossil Energy

The lower curve shows per capita oil production. Source: http://www.albartlett.org/articles/art2000jan.html

Why is energy in a state of crisis? Simply because there is a decreasing amount of freely disposable energy to meet the demand of a growing global population. The chapter on Guidelines for Energy will show that this is not a reason for despair. There is one virtually infinite nuclear energy source and of course it’s called the sun. The past century has been spent by burning a condensed form of solar energy: petroleum.

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