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By National Research Council, National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Sciences, Committee on America's Energy Future

Energy creation and use contact our lives in numerous methods. we're reminded of the price of strength whenever we refill on the gasoline pump, pay an electrical energy invoice, or buy an airline price tag. strength use additionally has vital oblique affects, now not all of that are mirrored in present power costs: depletion of common assets, degradation of our environment, and threats to nationwide defense coming up from a starting to be dependence on geopolitically risky areas for a few of our strength provides. those oblique affects may well elevate sooner or later if the call for for strength rises swifter than to be had strength provides. Our nation's problem is to strengthen an strength portfolio that reduces those affects whereas supplying enough and cheap strength offers to maintain our destiny fiscal prosperity.

the U.S. has huge, immense fiscal and highbrow assets that may be dropped at undergo on those demanding situations via a sustained nationwide attempt within the a long time forward. America's strength Future is meant to notify the improvement of clever power rules through fostering a greater realizing of technological ideas for expanding strength offers and bettering the potency of strength use. This precis version of the ebook can be an invaluable source for pros operating within the strength or all for advocacy and researchers and lecturers in energy-related fields of study.

America's strength Future examines the deployment capability, expenses, obstacles, and affects of strength offer and end-use applied sciences through the subsequent to 3 many years, together with power potency, substitute transportation fuels, renewable strength, fossil gas power, and nuclear strength, in addition to applied sciences for bettering the nation's electric transmission and distribution systems.

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All rights reserved. 5 Annual per capita energy use (in million Btu per capita) as a function of gross domestic product (GDP) at purchasing-power parity per capita. A progression over time for several representative countries is shown. GDP is a R01203 measure of economic activReport 1-5 ity. On average, higher per capita energy consumptionMain is associated with increasing per capita GDP; however, in some cases, per capita GDP has increased while energy use has declined. Sources: Adapted from Shell International BV, Shell Energy Scenarios to 2050 (2008), based on data from the International Monetary Fund and British Petroleum.

R. F. Morehouse. 2004. Long-Term World Oil Supply Scenarios: The Future Is Neither as Bleak nor as Rosy as Some Assert. Energy Information Administration. html. Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. html 2 Key Findings T his chapter presents eight key findings from the AEF Committee’s detailed analysis of existing and new energy-supply and end-use technologies presented in Part 2 of this report. These findings identify options for the accelerated deployment of these technologies during the next two to three decades, and they also identify needs for supporting research, development, and demonstration.

Many experts judge that there are, at most, just a few decades remaining in which to make these changes. Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. html 26 America’s Energy Future Summary Edition energy security, and reduces the adverse environmental impacts arising from energy production and use. Such a transformation could, for example, promote sustainability by using energy more efficiently and increasing the use of renewableenergy sources; support long-term economic prosperity by ensuring the availability of adequate supplies of energy; improve energy security by decreasing the nation’s reliance on petroleum imports; and reduce adverse environmental impacts by reducing CO2 emissions to the atmosphere.

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