Monday, 27 July 2015

Conventional wisdom about energy use

What you knew as a youth about energy is mostly baloney today. Look at the profound changes in the chart.  Remember muscle and firewood?  In my grandfather’s childhood they supplied 90% of Europe's energy.  Now they’re heritage sidelines for tourists who want to ride in rickshaws and see maple syrup made old-style in a sugaring bush.    The oil haters can’t trace their evil enemy back much before WW2 and it’s already being displaced by gas.  (The chart is normalized to 100% every year and gives relative importance only.)

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Related: Where energy comes from and where it is consumed in America in a handy chart. Most waste is from vehicles and power generation while home and industry uses are tight.  The inputs are already out of date in this chart.

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