Goklany: How Fossil Fuels Save Humanity from Nature and Nature from Humanity

Until the last quarter of a millennium, mankind depended on living nature for all its food and clothing, most of its energy, and much of its material and medicines. Then mankind began to develop technologies to augment or displace living nature’s uncertain bounty. In a new study, author Indur Goklany shows how fossil fuels not only saved humanity from nature’s whims, but nature from humanity’s demands.

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6 thoughts on “Goklany: How Fossil Fuels Save Humanity from Nature and Nature from Humanity”

  1. Wacked out leftist environmentalists would say the decoupling was a bad thing and decry the population boom of man. They lie in bed at night wishing with all their hearts that a malady would suddenly strike humans, wiping most if not all of them off the face of the earth.

  2. A common cause of premature human mortality in the Middle Ages and before was chronic smoke inhalation from wood fires. The invention of the chimney was helpful, but conversion to non-wood fuels such as coal (driven by the rising expense of firewood concomitant to the disappearance of the vast European forests) was critical

  3. The use of the internal combustion engine has enabled reduction of annual wildfire acreage by tens of millions of acres.

  4. “A common cause of premature human mortality in the Middle Ages and before was chronic smoke inhalation from wood fires.”

    Still is a major cause of premature mortality in the Third World.

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