See also: World Food Crisis (2007-2008)
Because the gas and oil is essential to modern farming techniques, a drop in global oil reserves would cause a spike in food prices and unprecedented famine in the coming decades Geologist Dale Allen Pfeiffer contends that current levels of population are not sustainable and that achieving a sustainable economy and to avoid the disaster, the population of the United States would have to be reduced by at least one third and two in the world population thirds.
The largest consumer of fossil fuels in modern agriculture is the production of ammonia (for fertilizer) through the Haber process, which is essential for high productivity of intensive agriculture. The specific fossil fuel for fertilizer production is primarily natural gas provides hydrogen by steam reforming. Given sufficient reserves of renewable electricity, hydrogen can be generated without fossil fuels using methods such as electrolysis. For example, the hydroelectric power station in Norway use Vemork of their excess production of ammonia to generate renewable electricity from 1911 to 1971. Currently, Iceland produces ammonia using the electrical output from its hydro and geothermal is because these resources while plenty has no domestic oil resources and imports of natural gas involves a high cost. However, in the short term, almost all renewable energy sources on a large scale still require oil to supply the equipment construction and transport workers and materials. Thus, for example, Iceland has abundant renewable energy resources, but still depends critically on liquid petroleum fuels, which must import. If oil supply declined faster than people can learn how to build an infrastructure for renewable energy using only renewable resources, could not be possible to maintain the intensive agriculture necessary to sustain the large global population.
- Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Water restrictions are relaxed, there is no long term planning for water sources, and it rains – I must be in the metro Atlanta!
- The Longview News-Journal
The East Texas economy is clearly different, but not insulated from the financial world of Texas, the nation and the rest of the world, according to Bob Dyer, vice-chairman of the board of Texas Bank and Trust.
- The Toledo Blade
JT Thielman pops open his laptop computer and calls for a program that lets him control how much of the electricity market is currently being used in Toledos Seagate Convention Center comes from the and how much electricity is generated in the home. Satisfactory answers to many days, is 75 percent at home. The same system, fueled by natural gas, including many of the buildings for heating and …
- Littleton Independent
Colorado environment, religion, sports and agricultural groups called on Congress to the U.S. Clean Energy and Security Act.
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