How They Grew

The Demand For Energy: Fueling Life

Now that the human species had developed their unique skill for survival, the capacity for language, and spread all over the earth developing agriculture and settling communities that eventually became cultures, population began to boom.


Now that basic survival needs were met through thousands of years of trial and error the modern human being began advances toward technology: Doing the things that needed to be done, but doing them faster. Getting raw material, food stuffs, precious minerals, natural resources and material goods from one region of the world to another, and the energy discovered to fuel this movement was within the earth itself. What could be more natural than Earth’s very own bountiful supply of rich energy providing resources?

Earth in Oil
(Credit: How Stuff Works Express)

It was so plentiful, the human species never stopped to consider what they were destroying to get to oil, minerals, and gases, and they never seemed to consider that one day…it would run out.

Ore mining
stripping, digging, mining

Ripping through ecosystems, changing nature’s patterns to fuel technology, something that did not biologically develop, but instead was created by our species and threatens in the end to engulf us all, unless we fuel life by a greener means. A means that works with the Earth and all the systems within it, while supporting human life.

Oil Rigs
The Dots represent the location of Oil Rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, with recent climate change the increase in Hurricanes prove as Mother Nature's ironic threat to the deep down dig for Oil.

Oil Rig
The beauty of Nature seems to wrap itself around its intruder in this photograph.

-Fossils Fuels come from organisms that died, and were fossilized by pressures of the earth.

Fossil Fuels

-If all the 6.4 billion people currently on this planet consumed the same amount of environmental resources per person as the average citizen of the United States, this would require two additional planet Earths. (Nadeau)

Fossil Fuel Use Chart

-The average American car, if it gets the federally mandated 27.5 miles per gallon, travels approximately 100,000 miles in its lifetime and emits around 35 tons of carbon dioxide or monoxide. Carbon Dioxide stays in the atmosphere for about 100 years.

Green Hummer
Unless of course you buy into ignorant commercial culture that seems to lack an environmental conscience and end up purchasing one of these with its stunning 11 miles per gallon.

-The over 500 million cars in use worldwide generate about 25 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

-The foodstuffs produced in the global market, and other products and materials produced world wide are transported over great distances by a vast network of barges, ships, cargo vessels, railroads and trucks. All of these require energy produced from fossil fuels. This doesn’t even mention the actual energy required in making the materials, and how that energy was administered by the accommodating nation.


-There was once a time when human beings didn’t rely on the fossils of dead dinosaurs for energy, they relied on the sun, and more morbidly later on they relied on oil from whales for candles that reeked ecological havoc on aquatic life systems. The sport of whaling is highly regulated and often banned now that these massive mysterious animals have been deemed worth protecting by the highly evolved human species, now capable of deciding which creatures live and which die.


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