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Humans have an insatiable thirst for energy. That's evident from the global demand for energy has increased threefold since 1950. Until now, its use is equivalent to 10,000 million tons of oil a year. Energy Information Administration, which is part of the U.S. Department of Energy in the International Energy Outlook 2005, estimates that world energy consumption will increase 57% from 2002 to 2025. This demand was the highest since the period 1975-1980. Most of the increased demand is in developing countries. However, the majority of the energy supply is still dependent on fossil fuels, such as coal, petroleum, and gas.

Existing oil reserves in the bowels of the earth comes from an ancient ocean full of microscopic plant and animal life of tens of millions of years ago. Once the organism is dead, the bodies left on the bottom of the sea basin, forming a mud rich in organic material. Thousands of years later, the mud buried and compressed by layers of sediment on it. Slowly, the mud will turn into a complex mixture of hydrogen and carbon compounds are now referred to as oil. Coal and gas have the same prehistoric origin. Keep millions of years to shape it. Therefore it is not hard to figure out that fossil fuels are finite resources. No matter how efficient we are sucked from the earth, to cultivate the land above the sea, and use it to support various activities, said a time would run out.


Pertamina is one of the companies in Indonesia that supplies fossil fuels.
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Global demand of fossil fuels keeps increasing as the growing of population.
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I have no doubt that we will be successful in harnessing the sun's energy.
If sunbeams were weapons of war, we would have had solar energy centuries ago.

– Sir George Porter, quoted in The Observer, 26 August 1973

The use of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun.

– Ralph Nader, quoted in Linda Botts, ed., Loose Talk, 1980

Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.

– Henry David Thoreau

There's so much pollution in the air now that if it weren't for our lungs there'd be no place to put it all.

– Robert Orben

There is a sufficiency in the world for man's need but not for man's greed.

– Mohandas K. Gandhi

Modern technology
Owes ecology
An apology.

– Alan M. Eddison

Don't blow it - good planets are hard to find.

– Quoted in Time

Nature provides a free lunch, but only if we control our appetites.

– William Ruckelshaus, Business Week, 18 June 1990

I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend?

– Robert Redford, Yosemite National Park dedication, 1985

Your grandchildren will likely find it incredible - or even sinful - that you burned up a gallon of gasoline to fetch a pack of cigarettes!

– Paul MacCready, Jr.

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.

– Native American Proverb

When we heal the earth, we heal ourselves.

– David Orr

How long can men thrive between walls of brick, walking on asphalt pavements, breathing the fumes of coal and of oil, growing, working, dying, with hardly a thought of wind, and sky, and fields of grain, seeing only machine-made beauty, the mineral-like quality of life?

– Charles A. Lindbergh, Reader's Digest, November 1939

For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.

– Richard P. Feynman

Living in the midst of abundance we have the greatest difficulty in seeing that the supply of natural wealth is limited and that the constant increase of population is destined to reduce the American standard of living unless we deal more sanely with our resources.

– W.H. Carothers




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