What is Energy Crisis?

By Ian Teñido

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A common term for debate in environmental sensitive quotas is Energy Crisis in addition to climate change. Today, energy crisis is a concern for every person and country. To put this into a clear perspective, I will break down how energy crisis comes to be. The world’s demand on natural resources has spiraled for the last century; these limited resources are used to power the industries and pump life into society. The excessive withdrawals of resources ranging from water to minerals as well as the ultimate disposal of the waste into the environment has greatly reduced the potential of the environment to produce adequate resources and absorb the final excess waste dumped into it. The natural resources are acutely short in supply and although they occur naturally, it can take hundreds to thousands of years to replenish the stocks. Today, governments all over the world as well as individuals are working round the clock to push for the use of renewable resources as a priority. This push further aims at lessening the irresponsible use of natural resources and in turn increase chances of conservation.

The reality of energy crisis is always alive especially during the electioneering periods in different countries. US has experienced various views on energy crisis; for instance, both Clinton and Sanders view energy crisis as a potential challenge that might plunge the world into severe energy problems. At the same time, Trump does not fully believe in energy crisis or climate change and thus his posture in terms policies on energy crisis are inclined towards less action. The scenario at the national level cascades to the local level and you would find one side of the debate arguing that energy crisis is based on faulty science and mere politics while the other side argues that disposing off energy crisis is like burying the head in the sand like the proverbial ostrich and hoping that the problem goes away.

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However, placing the debate and politics away, energy crisis is what we feel on a daily basis when we leave our homes, go to the offices and use the roads. There are always good stories that our grandparents will give and it always starts with: during our young and youthful years…this used to be this and that and so on. Those are proofs of how the environment has metamorphosed as a result of excessive extraction of resources. Every time we need to pay more to get gas, pay for an inflated electricity bill or get oranges at an extra dime from an organic store; all ties back to the energy crisis. We are using more electricity than we need yet more are being added onto the grid. We are consuming more food than we need yet some people in many parts of the world are living a hungry life. We use automobiles that consume gas yet we can walk, or take bicycles and mass transport systems to go to nearby places; the lists are endless. These normal aspects of life that we do when we wake up in the morning to the point we wake up the very next day is what constitutes the energy crisis.

A ray of hope is there though; the mere fact that we understand that energy crisis is real thus discussions about it confirms that people and the governments have started feeling the pinch. The move towards renewable solutions is not an option but a yesterday’s necessity. Becoming energy conscious requires a change of mind: buying energy efficient appliances, controlling lighting, conducting energy audit and recognizing, as well as adapting to climate change common stand (Krueger, 2010).

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