Fossil fuel addiction
Date: Saturday, July 15, 2017 @ 15:01:51 EDT
Topic: Science


Andrew Michrowski writes: From http://www.nationalobserver.com: These 'missing charts' may change the way you think about fossil fuel addiction, by Barry Saxifrage in Analysis, Energy | July 13th 2017  - #692 of 692 articles from the Special Report: Race Against Climate Change

We're still burning more and more fossil fuel every year, says climate reporter Barry Saxifrage. File photo by Kris Krug

To address the twin threats of climate change and ocean acidification, nearly every nation has promised to reduce fossil fuel burning.

But so far, humanity keeps burning ever more. Last year we did it again, burning an all-time record amount.

That's according to data compiled from the latest "BP Statistical Review of World Energy." This annual report is one of the most widely used and referenced around the world. It's big and comprehensive with fifty pages, thirty-three spreadsheets and forty charts. The report highlights most of the important trends in global energy. Most. But one critical trend was nowhere to be found....


Conspicuously absent was the basic statistic on fossil fuels that I, as a climate reporter, was looking for: how much fuel is the world burning each year? Such a simple question, and the answer tells one of the most important stories in the world: are we finally turning the corner on our fossil fuel dependency?

To find that missing story, I needed to download and combine multiple BP data sheets, do the math, and then build my own charts to reveal the trends. Here (drumroll, please) are the "missing charts" and what they have to say to us…

Full article: http://www.nationalobserver.com/2017/07/13/analysis/these-missing-charts-may-change-way-you-think-about-fossil-fuel-addiction






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