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

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Energy ProductionFrom the Source to the Consumer

Formula for success: rise early, work hard, strike oil.

—J. Paul Getty

When humans first tamed fire, they needed energy sources to feed that fire. Thus the history of energy production greatly predates human civilization. But as civilizations grew, they demanded greater and more concentrated sources of energy in the form of fossil fuels. This chapter details how we produce the fossil fuels we use today, as well as some of the environmental and social costs of producing those energy sources.

Coal Production

Coal was the first energy source produced on a large commercial scale. While coal had ...

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