Data are presented which show that U.S. energy and the gross national product have grown at 3 to 3-1/2% a year for almost 40 years. The energy growth is slowing down and will essentially level off in the 1990's. U.S. production of oil and gas passed a peak in the early 1970's and there is no resource base to justify predictions of increased yields. Coal is the only fossil fuel capable of increased production. It is doubtful that U.S. uranium resources can support a large light-water reactor program. Present energy resources will supply basic needs for many decades but costs will rise continually. Nuclear energy has been a major disappointment. Solar energy will be slow in developing, and quite expensive. Coal is the only salvation for the next few decades. The article discusses in some detail the petroleum liquids (U.S. and imports), natural gas (U.S. and imports), coal, nuclear energy, hydropower, and solar and other energy sources.

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    American University

    Development Education and Training Research Institute
    Washington, DC  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Hayes, E T
  • Publication Date: 1979-1-19

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 233-239
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  • Accession Number: 00188243
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 27 1979 12:00AM