Why do Conflict and Polarization Matter?

  • Frank T. Manheim

The United States is the largest emitter of greenhouse gases per capita but has recently been passed by China in total emissions (EIA, 2007). The principal energy supply sources for the United States in recent years are shown in Table 5.1(values slightly different from EPA’s Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990–2006). The energy in oil and coal is concentrated, transportable, and easily stored. It can be used flexibly to meet peak production needs – and production can be reduced when demand is low. Oil remains indispensable for transportation: automobiles, trucks, locomotives, ships, and aircraft. As a devil–s advocate and good reference for the problems faced in moving from traditional fossil fuels puts it, [Oil’s] complex hydrocarbon chains are the basis of the p etrochemical industry, which uses oil and natural gas as a component in over half a million products.


Wind Turbine Wind Power Wind Energy Wind Farm Polarization Matter 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Frank T. Manheim
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  1. 1.George Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA

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