Future energy needs and engineering reality 未来能源需求与工程实际

Michael Kelly
The need to decarbonize the world economy in short order is the persistent claim of those who think that recent climate change is man-made and the future prospects for mankind are alarming in the absence of action to decarbonize. The statements about what must be done are almost always devoid of any assessment of the engineering reality of what is proposed, and make no reference to lessons on technology change from recent history. In this paper I want to recall some of these lessons and add
more » ... lessons and add comments that are further to those made in a previous publication on this topic.