Chapter 1

Global Energy Development: The Reality and Challenges

Abstract

Energy security carries socioeconomic implications. Global energy development is closely linked with resource endowment. The Earth is endowed with not only plenty of fossil energy, that is, coal, oil, and natural gas, but also with large quantities of renewable clean energy, such as hydro, wind, and solar power. Global energy development has traditionally depended excessively on fossil energy, resulting in a host of increasingly prominent problems, such as resource constraints, climate change, and environmental pollution, which severely threaten human existence and development. In response to the challenges of the situation, mankind must develop a good understanding of the ...

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