This review of future energy sources traces energy consumption patterns in the United States to the year 1990. In evaluation of the latest energy technologies, the author states that the era of cheap fossil fuel is over and attempts to project future energy needs on the basis of population growth and energy consumption rate per capita. An extrapolation of these needs minus the amount of fossil fuel that can be obtained or imported shows clearly the demand placed on domestic supplies. After an allowance is made for the remaining fossil reserves plus optimistic projections for energy from geothermal, hydroelectric, oil shale, and solar sources a deficit remains. It appears that nuclear fission energy is the only developed source that has a possibility of filling this deficit between the present and the year 2000. Beyond that date, there is hope that nuclear fusion energy or some other of the developing technologies will be available to supply the need.

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  • Pagination: p. 37-51

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  • Accession Number: 00176702
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CONF-760744 Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 31 1978 12:00AM