Monday, July 15, 2013
As we witness the melting ice sheets and other symptoms of climate change, adaptation plans still get short shrift in the governments of modern states. While some indigenous nations scramble to adapt to disappearing rivers and depleted aquifers, the fossil fuel extravaganza -- begun in earnest in the post-world war United States -- proceeds apace. As noted in the Statistical Review of World Energy, over the last decade:
- global oil consumption increased by 14%;
- natural gas consumption shot up by 31%; and,
- the world's coal consumption increased by 54%.