Weighing the Benefits of Electric Powered Machines over General Transportation (credit: Climate Central)
DISCUSSION: Over the past few decades there is no debate that there has remained to be a hotly contested debate over whether the majority of transportation vehicles should remain powered by diesel fuel and/or conventional gasoline as opposed to more environmentally-friendly vehicles. As a consequence of this ongoing societal debate, many detailed studies have been conducted over the years to establish how much of a difference there would be from an environmental standpoint with respect to mankind's reliance on fossil fuels. Moreover, how a progressively quicker transition from fossil fuels to electric power can help to curb global and even domestic fossil fuel emissions.
Based on the graphic above (courtesy of the Climate Central team), there is no question whatsoever that during the last part of the 20th Century, industry and society continued to generate increasingly greater net energy demands. However, as we came to the turn of 21st Century, there was an apparent peak in the recent energy demand "curve" which crested before gradually decreasing during the course of the first decade (i.e., from 2000 to 2010). Beyond that point (i.e., from 2010 to 2016), you can clearly see that the net emissions from general transportation are now outweighing those emissions from electric power. Thus, statistical work is beginning to show that technology associated with modernized electric power systems are now gradually becoming more efficient than general forms of transportation. This just goes to show that mankind is finally beginning to turn a corner in terms of developing increasingly more efficient and sustainable forms of practical energy.
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