There are obvious, often emphasized, correlations between increasing consumption of electricity and the high-consumption society we have enjoyed-especially over the last generation. Of course, we all tend to complain about the unanticipated by-products of the new life styles built on intensive mechanization and electrification: rising pollution, deteriorating cities, the disappearance of amenities in the countryside, social unrest, and alienation. All these factors are also correlated, as though they were the penalty of what we have (perhaps too long) called "progress." Some scientists and engineers still insist this is the price tag, but increasing numbers of people refuse to "buy it" because they have discovered that technologists are often no better analysts than laymen. The article concludes by advocating a policy of energy conservation, which will require changes in our society including use of trains rather than automobiles and trucks.

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  • Authors:
    • Clement, R C
  • Publication Date: 1973-8

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  • Pagination: p. 44-47
  • Serial:
    • IEEE Spectrum
    • Volume: 10
    • Issue Number: 3
    • Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
    • ISSN: 0018-9235

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  • Accession Number: 00046999
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 14 1974 12:00AM