Energy and Man — the Development of Demand

  • Diana Schumacher


From the dawn of civilisation energy use has been the most important single material factor influencing man’s activities, ranging from physical comfort and food supplies, to every type of economic achievement. Without the use of energy the quality of life can hardly rise above subsistence level, or the necessities for bare survival. This fact is today readily apparent in many communities of the Third World.


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