30 Jul '16, 8am

How to lay the path for our renewable future

How to lay the path for our renewable future

This is an excerpt from the book "Our Renewable Future: Laying the Path for 100 Percent Clean Energy," published by Island Press. Liquid petroleum is the world’s dominant energy source. Oil is energy dense, portable, and easily moved by pipeline and tanker — characteristics that have made it very well suited as a transportation fuel. Further, during the 20th century it was amazingly cheap. During the 1980s, for example, a barrel of oil, which contains 1700 kWh of energy (the equivalent of over 10 years of hard human labor), cost a mere $35 in inflation-adjusted dollars. Cheap transport energy helped fuel globalization, one of the most significant economic trends of the past few decades. Today, transportation accounts for 41 percent of U.S. energy end use, and over 95 percent of that transportation runs on oil. The vast majority of cars still burn oil-derived fuels, as do a...

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