14 Jun '11, 8pm

Humanity’s energy dilemma in three easy charts

Humanity’s energy dilemma in three easy charts

For 60 years, BP has been gathering data for its widely respected Statistical Review of World Energy , a yearly compendium of info on global energy use. In 2011, for the first time, it published a forward-looking analysis to go with: the BP Energy Outlook 2030 . The Outlook combines long-term energy trends with educated guesses about the course of economic growth, policy, and technology, resulting in BP's "judgment of the likely path of global energy markets to 2030." The document can thus be read as a distillation of what today's elites expect in the next 20 years. And what they expect is profoundly disturbing. The basic story is: growth, but not evenly distributed growth. Developed countries are expected to plateau in population and energy demand, but developing countries are expected to grow like gangbusters: BP Energy Outlook 2030 What kind of energy will satisfy all t...

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