But why do I plan to expand to climate issues when my original intentions were to deal first Marcellus Play fracking and then overall energy resources in Pennsylvania? Well take a look at the graphic below:
|U.S. Energy Supply and Demand 2009 (click to enlarge)|
To me this diagram is the best illustration of the dilemma. If we don't change can we will disrupt a climate favorable to our civilization while at the same time remain vulnerable to the inevitable decline in our major energy sources. And the worst effects will be felt by the poorer and most vulnerable parts of society. But can we change the supply and demand sectors without disrupting economy and destroying the benefits of modern technology? Again, this is a scenario where the worse effects will be felt by the poorer and most vulnerable parts of society.
These issues then cannot looked at in isolation, they are inseparable threads in the fabric of our society. At the base level the problem is a technological one, but solutions can only be implemented if society has the political will and ability to do so.
It is my goal then to try present the news and science on these intertwined issues, but with an emphasis on how this all effects the Keystone State.