310Lspring2009EnergyPPoutline

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Always remember: We live in a web of systems At the human level, politics, economics, society, culture, etc. are interconnected At the material level, energy, environment, land, water, food, disease, etc. are interconnected At the global level, the material and the human systems are interconnected So, we can’t really adequately study any of these without studying all of them
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Energy sources Fossil fuels provide 90% of current industrialized states’ energy about 75% (oil: 35; coal: 25; gas: 21) total world energy Another source: nuclear (6%) Most abundant sources are renewable: sun, wind, hydrogen, water (rivers, tides), geothermal, plant life (biomass) Remaining fossil fuel reserves equivalent to 11 days of sunlight
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Data on energy supply and consumption Today’s world consumption of oil: 2002: 79,000,000 bbl/day 2003: 82,500,000 bbl/day 2004: 84,000,000 bbl/day 2005: 84,000,000 bbl/day 2007: 85,700,000 bbl/day U.S. current consumption: 20,700,000 bbl/day Thus, need to find 6-8 million bbl/day per year (“a new Saudi Arabia every several years”) because of Rising demand--esp. China and India Replacement of declining production of existing reservoirs
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Major world oil reserves (estimates--all problematic) Saudi Arabia: 263 billion bbl (22% of world total) #1 rank Iran: 133 billion bbl--#2 Iraq: potentially #3, but… Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge: 10 billion bbl
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This note was uploaded on 02/19/2010 for the course GOV 310L taught by Professor Kieth during the Spring '07 term at University of Texas.

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