The diminishing supply of petroleum and natural gas has induced many concerned citizens as well as many interest groups to study energy problems. Based on different sources of information and various degrees of economical consideration, conflicting conclusions have been reached. To help resolve this situation, a systems study was conducted. The available statistics on the supply and demand of energy were examined. The resources of nuclear energy, fossil fuel, and renewable energy sources were analyzed. Considerations were weighted equally on energy content, resource availability, existing technology, and consumer economics as well as on the impact of ecology and sociology. The objective is to develop a long-range solution that will enhance the quality of life by minimizing waste in our present life style. The optimum approach is to make the best use of our free enterprise system in which technology and economics are the only governing factors. In the meantime, effective government regulations can be readily applied fairly and decisively when the balance of ecology and sociology is threatened.

Meeting Name

4th Annual UMR-DNR Conference on Energy (1977: Oct. 11-13, Rolla, MO)


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings


Political And Social Implications Of Energy II

Document Version

Final Version

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© 1977 University of Missouri--Rolla, All rights reserved.

Publication Date

13 Oct 1977