Man and Energy. Pongthep Suwanwaree, Ph.D. School of Biology Institute of Science Suranaree University of Technology 18 January 2005. What is the meaning of Energy?. Potential Energy Kinetic Energy. Energy in sun light. Quality of energy. Energy evolution 1. Late 1700s.
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Proven world oil reserves (billions of barrels) in 1997
Cook Inlet of
2. Natural gas resource
World coal reserves (billions of tons) in 1997 (antracite+bituminous)
March 28, 1979
April 26, 1986
Ample supply wastes and decommissioning worn-out plants
High net energy yield
Very high air pollution
High CO2 emissions
65,000 to 200,000 deaths per year in U.S.
High land disruption from surface mining
High land use
Ample supply of uranium
Low net energy yield
Low air pollution
Low CO2 emissions
About 6,000 deaths per year in U.S.
Much lower land disruption
High costCoal Nuclear