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POWER PLAYS: ENERGY OPTIONS IN THE AGE OF PEAK OIL by Robert Rapier

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Fossil Fuels and NuclearPower Powering Modern Civilization

Since 1850, burning of fossil fuels, coal, oil and natural gas has increased 100 times to produce energy as the world has industrialized to serve the world's more than 6 billion and growing population.

—John Olver, U.S. Congressman

The energy sources discussed in this chapter literally power modern civilization. The world's transportation system—automobiles, trucks, airplanes, and ships—relies almost exclusively on fuel derived from oil. Coal, natural gas, and nuclear power produce three-quarters of the world's electricity. Almost every modern country in the world is dependent on these ...

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