This section covers historical highlights of people in Asia, South Pacific, Australia and New Zealand. It exams what can be done to make the future better than the past, including how plentiful, reliable energy can help. Contributions are from people in all walks of life.View items...
Steven Lyazi is a member of the EFN-USA Board of Advisors in Kampala, Uganda. He describes the problems facing people and the environment in Uganda and across much of Africa. Many serious problems are rooted in African society and government. Other problems are imposed on Africa by environmental activists, western powers and UN agencies dictate what issues are important – and use them to keep us poor and deprived: manmade climate change, no GMO foods, no DDT to prevent malaria, using wind and solar power and never building coal, natural gas or nuclear power plants. This is a criminal trick that denies basic rights to affordable energy, jobs and modern living standards.
Energy sources are selected based on what is available, economical, safe, and in many countries environmentally sound. They need economic stability. They can't change at the whims of politicians in each election cycle. Roger Altman in the Wall Street Journal examines major changes in financial practices that are causing economies and governments to be less stable. Economic forecasting is getting to be more difficult, perhaps next to impossible. Governments and special interest groups are imposing extreme environmental, anti-fossil fuel and anti-nuclear ideologies on energy industries.
Calvin Beisner, Cornwall Alliance: Opponents of fossil fuel-fired electricity generation play the role of those who would demand banning aspirin. They’re focusing on its comparatively minor risks and ignoring both its tremendous benefits and the ready ways to minimize its risks.
CO2 Coalition, John Christy.: Carbon-based energy, which is the most affordable and reliable source of energy in demand today, liberates people from poverty, Without energy, life is brutal and short. The world will continue to burn carbon because the world needs energy – that’s the enabler of human progress and longevity. No matter what they say in Paris in December, 2015, emissions will rise. The science is fairly simple in terms of numbers. The amount of carbon dioxide emissions avoided by the Paris plan is miniscule compared to world emissions. Therefore, its impact on the global temperature will be minuscule. It will be so tiny we can’t even measure it.
Hans Rosling,is a Swedish medical doctor, academic, statistician, and public speaker. He is the Professor of International Health at Karolinska Institutet and co-founder and chairman of the Gapminder Foundation. He rose to international celebrity status after producing a Ted Talk in which he promoted the use of data to explore development issues. In this video, he presents dynamic results of statistics for life expectancy versus income for the last 200 years. The results are amazing. It tells the story of how fossil fuels have changed life for the better., both for income and life expectancy.