April 11, 2012

Whose Energy Policy You Trust?

We should not be overly concerned whether gas prices will be $5 per gallon soon. Prices are dictated by supply and demand and demand is rising. Our concerns should be which presidential candidate will implement the best energy policy for future generations and us. World-wide demand for oil will be increasing dramatically as demonstrated below.. The policy should factor in the sources of energy and the affects on the environment. After all, it is our children and grandchildren we are discussing.

Procuring sufficient energy in the future will be much harder. The population of the planet is growing and other countries are becoming more affluent and thus consuming more, including energy. Below is a graph of the amount of oil consumed per capita by country.

Below are other quotes concerning worldwide energy consumption. Some are in conflict with the chart above; however, the point is clear. We need a President who is thinking long term and strategically.

“In 2009…China's per capita energy consumption was about one-fifth of that of the United States”. The National Energy Bureau and the National Bureau of Statistics reported on Aug. 11, People’s Daily Online, August 12, 2010

“Per capita consumption rates in China are still about 11 times below ours, but let’s suppose they rise to our level. … China’s catching up alone would roughly double world consumption rates…

If India as well as China were to catch up (with the United States), world consumption rates would triple. If the developing world were suddenly to catch up, world rates would increase eleven fold. It would be as if the world population ballooned to 72 billion people (retaining present consumption rates).” The York Times, January 2, 2008

“Americans consumes as much as 32 Kenyans. With 10 times the population, the United States consumes 320 times more resources than Kenya does.” The York Times, January 2, 2008

The rest of the world is not only growing, it is developing a middle class and prospering. Our posterity will be living and competing in that world. It is time we focus on this problem, rather than when will gas prices hit $5.00 per gallon.

1 comment:

  1. we are at peek oil and going into panic about the oil that is going to be available for the next 30 yrs. friends oil is done and over as far as the main source for runing molock. we must lead the world in alternative sources to keep the industrial molock churning out products. The Saudis have reduced their oil production by 9% and this cannot be good, but the reason for the 9% reduction is because they are running out of oil and now they are drilling offshore in saudi. I would say that since many of the oil fields are drying up it will not be long till world wars will be thought of as the only alternative to secureing the oil. the usa can no longer depend on the petro dollar and imperialism to take oil. other big nations simply will not allow the usa to bully its way in the future. other nations are indeed growing and useing lots of oil. it is not a matter of oil being 5.00 a gallon it is a matter of will there be any oil at all. the answer is NO. infinate oil or infinate anything is foolish thinking and to keep lieing to the citizens is foolish. we need to be told the truth. oil is going down the other side of the bell curve. we need to stop foisting lies to the citizens about how much oil is really available. expensive oil is at it infancy my friends, in the next short years we will see EXTREME prices of 500 Dollars per barrel.ethanol is not it, coal is not it, will it be Nuclear or Hydro. of some sort.