I come from a well forested part of the US Where Coal is a major Power source. Colorado has the best and worst of the counrty. Both in Physical and political structures.
Point: Several Counties recently tried to Separate into another state !
Will that Happen? Very Very Unlikely, but it should yank the politicians back to reality for a while. Those politicians in the Cities regulate as if the entire State was a city while the Vast majority of it is Rural and Agricultural.
In my oppinion that holds true only for a limited part of the world's women population, unfortunately the vast majority of them are subjected to other factors like education (lack of) or religion with stronger impact on that.
Thanks Junko for this thought-provoking piece. Having read all the comments, I'd like to also thank the commenters for the very intelligent & spirited discussion.
Of course, the subject of energy is not only about climate change, but also about sustainability, politics, economics & technology (at least those). As engineers, our work touches all of these in one way or another, so although some may say "keep politics out of engineering," what they're really saying is don't talk about it or don't publicly take a political position.
I think that as engineers, we all strive to do our best not only to satisfy our employers and our customers, but that in doing so, we try to make the world a better place -- whether to each of us individually that means working on more efficient automobiles, better batteries, lower power electronics, more capable microprocessors, more intelligent & capable robots, advanced military systems, sustainable alternative energy technologies, nuclear power, or more efficient ways of finding & developing new oil reserves. We can and do have different opinions about whether some of those things do more harm than good, and those opinions necessarily have a political & economic context. But at its core, engineering is a process of continuous improvement, and that keeps me ever hopeful about the future of our profession and its ability to have a positive impact on the planet and all of its inhabitants.
Earth has limited resources, and many believe that humans have been stealing from the future for a long time now. Unfortunately, humans' capacities for self-indulgence and self-delusion do not appear to be limited :-)
@Caleb, that's a whole new can of worms. And not one that Mankind is going to solve easily, thanks to its inability to make global decisions. China's "one child" policy did result in some horror stories and heartbreak, but it is at least partly responsible for China's emergence as an economic powerhouse. Other countries (and perhaps religions too, dare I say) should take note.
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