Understanding Global Issues

Briefings and books about the big issues of our time

The Energy Dilemma: The dominance of fossil fuels

Oil, gas and coal provide almost 90% of the energy upon which modern industrial society depends. Cut off the energy supply from fossil fuels and civilisation would quickly wind down. Maintaining a continuous supply of affordable energy is vital for both the security and the prosperity of everyone on Earth.

Yet concerns over pollution, climate change and depleting resources have cast doubt on the sustainability of the present energy economy, and are driving a massive investment in alternative energy sources, sun, wind and water, and nuclear power, all of which have been covered in recent UGIs. This briefing looks at the fossil fuels industry, and the pressures upon it to compete and meet the stringent new environmental demands.

Published: July 1998 ISBN: 0850487080

Buy:Out of print

Other issues that may interest you