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The Path to More Sustainable Energy Systems by Daniel M. Martínez, Ben W. Ebenhack

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Chapter 7

Global Social Contexts

In this chapter, we discuss energy’s role in development and its social implications in the 21st century.

7.1 Modern Energy’s Essential Role

In Chapter 6, we focused on the environmental implications of energy use. However, in addition to the many implications energy use has on the environment, there are equally important social implications that will become even more explicit and complex as humanity progresses through the 21st century. This is so because many of the resources we harness to maintain our high functioning, technology-driven society are transported from what are known as “resource-rich, cash-poor” regions. Despite being responsible for massive energy flows into global economies, the citizens of ...

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