Editorial comment ///

For most of my professional life, I’ve been trying to get a grasp on just how much energy the world will need in the next 30 years and, more importantly, beyond. It’s glaringly obvious that the so-called BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) will play an increasingly prominent role in the future global energy picture; that has already begun. At the core of global energy growth is the success of free (-er?) markets, combined with a consumer ethos and the resulting throwaway consumption. Basically, the developing world wants all of the “stuff” that the rich countries have, and they want it now. And who can blame them?

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