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By Kenneth P. Green

People depend upon power. From burning wooden to harnessing the atom, now we have depended on the intake of common 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 ample strength: The gasoline of Human Flourishing, Kenneth P. eco-friendly offers a quick background of our reliance on various resources of strength, explores the viability of either present and capability destiny resources, and provides a imaginative and prescient for the duty of fueling human prosperity within the twenty-first century.

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A. R. Radcliffe4 When it comes to energy, most discussions focus on the specifics: should we use less oil? Should we use less coal? More nuclear? Wind power? Solar power? Should we use less power altogether? All of these questions are important, of course, but they are too often discussed in the complete absence of context or, if you will, the big picture. And the big picture is that biology and anthropology tell us something very interesting about human beings: we are not simply beings that use energy, we are beings that exist only because we harnessed energy, and that use of energy has shaped our bodies and our cultural development for millions of years.

The example we will study is the tale of corn-based ethanol, which succeeding governments have required to be incorporated into the nation’s gasoline supply. We will see how an action originally intended to benefit human health and the environment by reducing air pollution has actually led to the worsening of air pollution, water pollution, wildlife endangerment, oceanic dead zones, and more. The same cautionary tale applies to wind energy and solar power, both of which are increasingly failing tests of environmental beneficence and economic affordability.

The generation-long growth in our dependence on foreign oil will be stopped dead in its tracks right now and then reversed as we move through the 1980’s, for I am tonight setting the further goal of cutting our dependence on foreign oil by one-half by the end of the next decade—a saving of over 4 1/2 million barrels of imported oil per day. —Jimmy Carter31 Politicians are fond of promising rapid energy transitions. Whether it is a transition from imported to domestic oil or from coal-powered electricity production to natural-gas power plants, politicians love to make grandiose claims.

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