Originally posted by: ReSusTech
The real underlying problem is not a shortage of energy but too much demand, and not just for energy, and the reason for this is fundamentally too many people, but we don't like to talk about this because it is not PC.
The other reasons are that there is no easy painless solution and it is a political vote loser. However at some time in the future we will talk about it and quite likely that will be when it has become an issue which is causing more serious issues and so cannot be ignored.
Incidentally, I'm not talking about reducing the current population I mean making serious efforts to stem population growth.
To do this we then have to advise some of our children not to have children when we ourselves had children.....yes that is a difficult one!!
This may be getting slightly off topic but we need to consider the bigger picture if we are to create a lasting, secure and sustainable energy infrastructure which incidentally is a worldwide challenge, not just a UK problem.
This will require people to be more or less happy with what they already have and thus seek to maintain what we have rather than grow any more. The difficulty with this is that the largest % of the worlds population do not have what the smallest % have and they want it, after all they saw it in the media. When we think about the energy used per person by the West then think about if, for example, 1.3 billion Chinese and 1.1 billion Indians are to use the same then the world as things currently stand cannot support it. Some governments are going to have some issues in the future as their people start to demand better living standards.
"It is simply silly to expect or even require an international treaty on energy policy."
Why? I far as I am aware there are some already in existence, not global ones admittedly, but that's probably necessary. Any way if you start from the premise that something is not worth considering so there's no point in considering it then it definitely won't happen, I expect they thought the same about the slave trade at one time.
How about the international treaty on nulcear weapons and the four countries who are not part of it and have Nukes but do not admit to it? The problem with IT's is that they are not fully enforced and those who do not want to be part of them simply do not join or else join when it suits and leave when it no longer suits. Let's think about the EU agreement on financial matters which originally set out how much debt countries were allowed to have and which was flouted by many of the members and so eventually led to the financial crisis. An international energy treaty would be very complicated and complicated treaties tend to have loop holes which are then used to the detriment of the treaty. With regards to 'slaves' there are still lots of them in this world, it's just that it's done in a way which is mostly hidden from the view of the general public and so we are all happy that we are basically 'nice guys and gals'. Nice idea though!