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    Energy Abundance vs. the Poverty of Energy Literacy

    Energy is all around us and we consume copious quantities of it. We only question it when it’s expensive or not there. Therein lies a challenge for politics and society.

    In the midst of all the debate over fossil fuels, we seem to have forgotten this fundamental role of energy in life. We think that all we need energy for is to drive our cars, fly around the world, run our electrical gadgets. But more important is that abundant energy is necessary for our way of life, for our civilization.

    If that energy were to vanish, we would find ourselves once again living at the margin, and might well see the end of many things that we don’t associate with an energy supply, including democracy and the freedom and creativity that leisure makes possible.

    Editor’s note: This essay is the first in a series that will explore issues in energy literacy and energy policy.

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    Interesting article. There is 4 times as much Argon gas in the atmosphere as CO2. Mars has 20% more CO2 in it's atmosphere than Earth. And Earth has 3.54 times more surface area than Mars. Most energy shortages are purely political. Including north Africa.
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    Most on the left are ready with their figures: "We have 2% of the world's oil", they say, "and use 20%! We're addicted!"

    2%; 20%. 5%; 25%. No matter what figures they use they are wrong in connecting the two figures, because by that standard Japan would get to use no oil, and Saudia Arabia gets to use lots.

    The US accounts for 20% of the oil used in the world annually, and contributes about 25% to the world's Gross Domestic Product. Those two figures - the amount of oil used and the GDP produced in its use - are two figures that should be connected.

    As was demonstrated in Solyndra, the free market will take care of supplying energy needs. The government and The Department of Energy should stay out of it.

    But the left still knows two thing: We have 2% of the oil and use 25%, and oil companies get special tax breaks.
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    Which re-illustrates the Reagan quote

    "Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Janice View Post
    Interesting article. There is 4 times as much Argon gas in the atmosphere as CO2. Mars has 20% more CO2 in it's atmosphere than Earth. And Earth has 3.54 times more surface area than Mars. Most energy shortages are purely political. Including north Africa.
    I would say especially north Africa, and east Africa as well.
    Olde-style, states' rights conservative. Ask if this concept confuses you.
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