An Industrialist’s View of Global Change

  • Bob Reid

Abstract

This chapter begins by defining its context: firstly, there is the political context of the day and how the resolution of one problem can produce through its outcomes more uncertainty and issues rather than less. My conclusion suggests that there will be many question marks as we depart this century. Secondly, there is the economy, and in this section I wish to deal with the primary issue of energy and link this to the environment, mobility and poverty. Poverty I see linked in its turn to widespread societal disaffection within industrialized societies. Unfortunately, the chapter will not address the case of the many millions of people, mostly children, who die from malnutrition and starvation without access to professional health services or even to clean drinking water. The plight of these human beings is unlikely to be touched or influenced by global change unless that change is much more fundamental than anything so far conceived.

Keywords

Sugar Europe Hydrocarbon Income Gasoline 

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© Sir Bob Reid 1998

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