Between reports that peak oil has already passed, and recent investor demands from that energy companies start to include climate change in their risk assessments, there’s no denying that we are entering a period when the price and availability of energy will become one the most important issues facing our society.
“Challenges facing the energy sector are greater and more complex than ever,” said Mindy S. Lubber, director of the Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR) and president of Ceres, in a recent statement. “Investors are concerned that companies are placing too much emphasis on higher-risk, carbon-intensive strategies and too little focus on viable clean energy opportunities, such as renewable energy, energy efficiency and cleaner fuels.”
Businesses are starting to see that increased energy-efficiency and decreased energy use is the best way to protect the bottom line and reduce dependence on foreign oil. But for many, it can be hard to comprehend just how all-encompassing our consumption has become. Despite a flourishing renewable energy industry and a public crying out for cleaner, more affordable power options, massive subsidies are still bestowed upon dirty coal, oil and gas companies every year. Extracting these fossil fuels from the Earth requires massive machinery and has drastic impacts on the surrounding people and wildlife.
WellHome provided the infographic below to help us visualize the enormity of our consumption is to take a look at the tools required to extract the raw materials from the earth.
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