Should the world demand for energy increase sixfold within the next 50 years, largely because the underdeveloped countries industrialize, and if half this demand is met by coal, then the estimated world recoverable resource of coal of 4 x 10 exp 12 metric tons would last at this asymptotic level about 140 years. The carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere is then estimated to increase about threefold. These two eventualities may place limits on our ultimate use of coal. The risk of a CO sub 2 accumulation inherent in the widespread use of coal is in a sense analogous to the risk of nuclear proliferation: both problems are global, uncertain, and could pose profound challenges to man's future. (ERA citation 03:016467)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Oak Ridge National Laboratory

    Institute for Energy Analysis
    Oak Ridge, TN  United States 

    Department of Energy

    1000 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20585
  • Authors:
    • Weinberg, A M
    • Marland, G H
  • Publication Date: 1977-8

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  • Pagination: 18 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00176139
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Contract Numbers: EY-76-C-05-0033
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 19 1978 12:00AM