Chapter 27. The Future

“We should all be concerned about the future because we will have to spend the rest of our lives there” (Charles F. Kettering).

The United States has a serious energy problem. Viewpoints as to its solution from three different constituencies are discussed by Jane C. S. Long (see References). The first, environmentalists, are deeply concerned about climate change caused by greenhouse gases. Their solution is achievement of greater energy efficiency and developing more renewable energy. The second, the energy security constituency, is concerned about reliance on uncertain foreign oil supplies. It favors expansion of ethanol production and making liquid fuel from coal. The third, the economic vitality group, is concerned ...

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