When Robert Bryce recently asserted that the world’s $5 trillion a year appetite for energy supplied by oil, coal, natural gas and nuclear power literally is keeping the world hostage just like the right wing Republican extremists in America today with the government shutdown. We really are hostage to keep using the energy of the first and second industrial revolution of the late 19th and into the 20th century. A constant source of fuels that has an enormous financial impact for a select few to reap increasing profits. But, for the rest of us along with every ecosystem around the world the effects of our continued use and consumption of fossil fuel has caused devastation on a global scale.
It has been well documented that man ever since the beginning of the first industrial revolution green house gasses have only accelerated global warming. Today, all one has to do to see the effects of what man has caused by the continued use, production, and consumption of fossil fuel is visit the outer banks of Alaska and the areas surrounding the North Pole. Even closer to home are the algae plums and red tide. Proponents of the oil and coal industry keep asserting that green energy will never equate to the power needed that comes with the use of existing fossil fuel sources. There again policy makers have only one frame of mind and that is the all mighty dollar. If policy makers are not committed to reducing global carbon dioxide emissions it is because the current price of existing sources of energy that matter. To date the price of coal is wining out compared to newer forms of energy production, like solar or wind. By the way, solar power really is the most affordable energy source available but current policies have made it most cost prohibitive for too many all around the world. Too many policy makers keep asserting that when economic growth confront policies of reduction in carbon dioxide emissions economic growth wins every time. The question every one really knows is the economic growth of a few that stand in the way of reducing carbon emissions.
Scientists today are concerned that global warming has had devastating effects on biological organisms, insect abnormalities, and a host of other life threatening effects all because of the consistent rise in the earths temperature. Over the past 10 years despite great public concern carbon dioxide emissions have soared. Still about 3 billion people world wide live in dire energy poverty. Today more that 1.5 billion have no access to any electricity at all. The reality is that we have had over a 35% increase in carbon dioxide emissions globally since 2002. Just in the past decade these emissions have steady increased most of the increase is in Asia, the Mid-East and Africa. And, yet there are billions still without access to any power source. Yet many developing countries with fast growing economies like Vietnam, China, and India there assertion is they simply cannot continue to grow if they limit the use of hydrocarbons.
There is a solution to the inequality of energy and at the same time drastically reduce carbon dioxide emissions. But it is going to take a consorted effort to rethink the energy equation. Green energy can be successful on individual levels. This is where households are independent sources of their own energy. The move has already started using the technology in producing electricity that will power the final industrial revolution. To augment this new source solar and wind on a localized scale individual homes will be able now to generate their own electricity independently of major Electric companies. Self reliant efficient non carbon dioxide emission energy for the individual whether for homes or small business will impact and improve every local economy.