As predicted gas has risen over twelve dollars a gallon. The latest class of hybrid cars are unable to keep up with the diminishing amount of oil. The days of suburban towns have long passed. Major methods of transportation now consist of walking and biking. With the staggering amount of people flocking towards cities – as living in one is the only way to commute to work and to buy food and other necessities —overpopulation threatens safety. With no consistent source of energy to turn to, the world holds its breath in wait for a new means of energy production to emerge and rescue them. Although any critic of global warming, climate-change, or a need for a new fuel source may attack this idea as overstatement; this apocalyptic image may not be overshooting it by that much. If we refuse to dispel this illusion – then we are increasing our susceptibility for this to occur. Before we begin to pose possible solutions to advert this catastrophe, we must fully comprehend the problem and all it entails.
PART ONE: Fossil Fuels, The Problem and America’s Dependency
There’s no question that our world population is growing. The most desired commodity to enhance the quality of their everyday lives shared by the majority of third world countries, where populations are rising the fastest, is energy. However, meeting amplified energy demands, from a rising global population, with a limited supply of energy is a paradoxical situation. In the 2009 documentary Collapse, Michael Ruppert discusses how America’s addiction to fossil fuels is far worse than that of a smoker to nicotine, “In 2001 there was not only a great deal of evidence that proved that peek oil was very real, but that government agencies were responding and acting if peek oil was very real” (Smith). The concept of peak oil can be best explained through a common bell curve. The amount of oil production in the world will, after it reaches its climax, never be able to reach that quantity again. With this attesting to the fact that our days with oil and coal are numbered, it is frightening that we have not yet shifted our means of energy production. If the possibility that our energy derived from fossil fuels may come to end hasn’t deterred people then some statistics about its effects should, “The IEA found that coal was one of the largest sources of energy consumed in 2010, comprising approximately 27 percent of the total energy consumption. Coal, one of the cheapest sources of energy, is considered the filthiest of all, as far as greenhouse gases emissions (GHGE) are concerned” (Godoy). It is hard to understand why we continue to use energy sources that are heavy carbon emitters, when we are undergoing visible climate changes. I found that our current weather in our locale to be a phenomena. Why would Buffalo – a region known for its snow and harsh winters – not have a layer of snow until the end of January? The answer, Global Climate Change – an idea which has wrongly received hostile criticism. Although I don’t expect any to accept my personal narrative as proof of Global Climate Change’s existence, a widely accepted scientific study might, “The year 2010 was the hottest ever measured since the beginning of the recordings, 130 years ago” (Godoy). I believe that this statement can be directly correlated with the fact that our population and energy demand and usage of been abruptly skyrocketed. Just last year even more frightening information was collected that clearly outlines the effects that will happen if we are unable to lean off our fossil fuel addiction, “Without a major shift in priorities in the next five years, there will be enough fossil fuel infrastructure in place to guarantee a two-degree C rise in temperatures, it warned” (Leahy). Anyone not trembling from this is obviously unaware of the consequences that will follow. For example, this temperature change would undoubtedly boost the pace at which the polar ice melts – ultimately putting some arctic and...
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