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World energy policy. [Design for balance of supplies and consumption]

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Abstract

In an attempt to formulate energy policies, countries have instigated short-term solutions, mostly leading to disaster. Among the examples of such short term dilemmas one can list are: the attempt in the U.S. to avoid air pollution from vehicles which lead to a 20% increase in fuel consumption; the dilemma of censorship and corrupting literature; the dilemma of arms escalation and defense; and the dilemma of inflation, unemployment, and bankruptcy. In many parts of the world the people are in grave danger of experiencing one of the four disasters. This would result in: famine and pestilence killing millions instead of just thousands as at present; World War 3 with the unrestricted use of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons; breakdown of law and order through crime, violence, muggings, hijackings and random bombing to the point where the ordinary citizen has to go around armed and is prepared to shoot his neighbor in self defense; or an 1984 situation in which 'big brother' allow no one any freedom of thought, word or action, so that life has no joy in it (zero quality of life) and people don't care whether they are alive or dead; the author says. The author then reviews  More>>
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Publication Date:
Jan 01, 1977
Product Type:
Conference
Report Number:
CONF-770155-
Reference Number:
EPA-04-003729; ERA-03-040657; EDB-78-079310
Resource Relation:
Conference: Symposium on the prospects for power from currently unconventional energy sources, Southampton, UK, 6 Jan 1977; Related Information: In: Potential for power.
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY, AND ECONOMY; DEVELOPED COUNTRIES; ENERGY POLICY; DEVELOPING COUNTRIES; ENERGY CONSUMPTION; FORECASTING; GLOBAL ASPECTS; ENERGY SUPPLIES; DEMAND FACTORS; ENERGY SHORTAGES; FOOD; GROSS NATIONAL PRODUCT; POPULATION DYNAMICS; GOVERNMENT POLICIES; 293000* - Energy Planning & Policy- Policy, Legislation, & Regulation; 292000 - Energy Planning & Policy- Supply, Demand & Forecasting
OSTI ID:
8548805
Research Organizations:
Queen Mary Coll., London
Country of Origin:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Submitting Site:
TIC
Size:
Pages: 6.1-6.11
Announcement Date:
Jul 01, 1978

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Thring, M W. World energy policy. [Design for balance of supplies and consumption]. United Kingdom: N. p., 1977. Web.
Thring, M W. World energy policy. [Design for balance of supplies and consumption]. United Kingdom.
Thring, M W. 1977. "World energy policy. [Design for balance of supplies and consumption]." United Kingdom.
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title = {World energy policy. [Design for balance of supplies and consumption]}
author = {Thring, M W}
abstractNote = {In an attempt to formulate energy policies, countries have instigated short-term solutions, mostly leading to disaster. Among the examples of such short term dilemmas one can list are: the attempt in the U.S. to avoid air pollution from vehicles which lead to a 20% increase in fuel consumption; the dilemma of censorship and corrupting literature; the dilemma of arms escalation and defense; and the dilemma of inflation, unemployment, and bankruptcy. In many parts of the world the people are in grave danger of experiencing one of the four disasters. This would result in: famine and pestilence killing millions instead of just thousands as at present; World War 3 with the unrestricted use of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons; breakdown of law and order through crime, violence, muggings, hijackings and random bombing to the point where the ordinary citizen has to go around armed and is prepared to shoot his neighbor in self defense; or an 1984 situation in which 'big brother' allow no one any freedom of thought, word or action, so that life has no joy in it (zero quality of life) and people don't care whether they are alive or dead; the author says. The author then reviews statistics pointing out the imbalance of energy consumption by various countries and concludes that this vast gap in standard of living between countries must essentially vanish if the tension leading to World War 3 are to be avoided. With 7,000 million population forecast for the first decade of the 21st century, the author lays out 2 essential conditions for a decent world:(1) energy consumption per capita in rich countries must decrease to around the present world average of 1.8 TCE and poor countries will have to increase to that figure; and (2) only those energy conversion processes should exist that can be constructed to satisfy the needs of the populace within the limited capital resources of the earth. He then shows how these conditions may be satisfied. (MCW)}
place = {United Kingdom}
year = {1977}
month = {Jan}
}