The tendency, in the process of mounting oil prices, to widely use coal again for the generation of electricity - in China and the Western world - will have a devastating impact on greenhouse emissions and pollutions that seemed to have been banished. Many countries now seek refuge to nuclear power but uranium is also depleting. Meanwhile, sustainable energy may be expensive yet abundant: based on the potential for energy from the sun, wind and water, Jong et al. (2006) calculated that the Netherlands alone could already sufficiently provide the global economy with energy. However, at this instant local potentials are not effectively seized.
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