The U.S. Energy Dilemma: The Gap between Today's Requirements and Tomorrow's Potential.
Environmental Geology Notes,
ILLINOIS STATE GEOLOGICAL SURVEY URBANA
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In the winter of 1972-1973, many individuals, government organizations, and business and industrial concerns in the United States were, for the first time, directly affected by the current energy dilemma. By the end of 1972, domestic output of both oil and natural gas had essentially reached the utmost productive capacity of the existing known reserves. Progress is being made in finding ways to produce liquid fuel and gas of pipeline quality from coal, recover oil from oil shale, and develop advanced nuclear reactors on a commercial basis. Progress also has been made in efforts to utilize energy from unconventional sources, among them geothermal, solar, and tidal sources. Some of these efforts will probably result in no more than limited contributions to our future energy supplies others are likely to become major sources of supply. Ultimately, a combination of some of these various potential sources can be expected to provide the needed large additions to our energy supply, but none of them is now in a sufficiently advanced stage of development to offer significant relief for at least the next few years. Before the existing potential for energy can be realized, numerous economic, technologic, environmental, and resource problems that are currently impeding any immediate solution of the nations energy dilemma must be overcome. This report identifies some of the factors contributing to the dilemma and discusses various aspects of proposals that have been offered as solutions to the problem.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Geology, Geochemistry and Mineralogy
- Electric Power Production and Distribution