The Importance of Population Growth in Future Commercial Energy Consumption

  • Gretchen Kolsrud
  • Barbara Boyle Torrey
Part of the Environmental Science Research book series (ESRH, volume 45)


Today, global commercial energy consumption contributes to pollution, environmental deterioration, and global greenhouse gas emissions. Increases in global commercial energy consumption are driven by population growth and economic development, which tends to increase energy use per capita. Therefore, the inevitable increase in population in the near term and the economic development that must necessarily occur in many countries poses serious implications for the environment [OTA, 1991].


Energy Consumption Population Growth Total Fertility Rate World Resource Institute Capita Energy 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gretchen Kolsrud
    • 1
  • Barbara Boyle Torrey
    • 2
  1. 1.Office of Technology AssessmentUnited States CongressUSA
  2. 2.Center for International ResearchU.S. Bureau of the CensusUSA

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