Chapter 16

What Is the Future of Energy? An Energy Policy for the United States

Abstract

Despite claims to the contrary, the world has abundant energy supplies and is not likely to run out in the foreseeable future. However, the supply of crude oil will not be able to increase forever and is probably going to peak sooner rather than later. The peaking and decline of oil production will then lead to the development of other energy sources such as renewables, particularly wind energy. But the energy source that will shoulder the big burden in the future will be old king coal. The main problem with the use of coal remains the carbon dioxide and other pollutants that it generates, but the emissions problem can be overcome through the use of clean coal ...

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