According to an authoritative study, U.S. energy demand in the year 2000 would reach 185 quads if historical trends were to continue. That's almost 1 1/2 times present use. Probably none of the so-called "wonder solutions" -- solar energy, geothermal, burning wastes, coal gasification, etc.-- will be ready for any meaningful contribution by that date. Only by intense exploitation of just about every known energy source (with special emphasis on coal), in addition to conservation of energy in every possible way can we avoid economic stagnation and considerable change for the worse in the American lifestyle.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • The article is based on a paper contributed by the ASME Power and Fuels Division.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Society of Mechanical Engineers

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  • Authors:
    • Decker, G L
  • Publication Date: 1977-5

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  • Accession Number: 00153376
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ASME Journal of Mechanical Engineering
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 17 1977 12:00AM