This book deals with quantitative aspects of long-term trends in energy consumption, production, and foreign trade; and, more particularly, with the transformation, during this century, of the world's fuel base away from coal and toward oil and natural gas. These latter changes, which occurred at different times and rates in the major geographic regions, are particularly important for two reasons: they reflected, as well as facilitated, significant changes which were taking place in the world's industrial life and in economic activity in general; and they gave rise to wholly new patterns of regional economic interdependence. The book sets out to accomplish three main tasks. The first, upon which the others depend, is to assemble statistical series depicting movements in consumption, production, and international trade of energy commodities since 1925 by countries, regions, and the world as a whole. Secondly, these voluminous statistical materials are winnowed in order to bring into sharp focus the main features of those movements. The third task is to relate these main features to other economic variables and, in so doing, to provide an essential springboard for anyone wishing to evaluate prospects for the future. Key data has been selectively updated to 1968. Part One describes and interprets the significant statistical findings. Part Two presents a series of Statistical Profiles, each dealing with some unique facet of the overall picture. These profiles are derived from the detailed statistics in Part Three. Part Four deals with questions of methodology and definition connected with the detailed statistical series, and also provides country-by-country source notes. Part Five presents selected supplementary materials: on energy and gross national product, matrix tables of international energy flows, and a brief bibliography.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Resources for the Future, Incorporated

    1755 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20036
  • Authors:
    • Darmstadter, J
    • Teitelbaum, P D
    • Polach, J G
  • Publication Date: 1970-12

Media Info

  • Pagination: 876 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00028995
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 28 1974 12:00AM