Evaluating the Pre-1900 World to Right this moment – Watts Up With That?

Of Ronald Stein

Ambassador for Energy and Infrastructure, Irvine, California

Thousands of years before 1900, the world population on the entire planet was around a billion. In the short 200 years since 1900, the world population has “exploded” to currently 8 billion people who now live on this planet. What caused this rapid growth from 1 billion to 8 billion?

Before 1900, most people were never 100-200 miles from where they were born. Life expectancy across Europe was between 20 and 30 years. Food shortages and insecurity were major concerns, especially in Europe, in the 18th century, exacerbated by lower crop yields. Disease was another common cause of death, with rats and fleas being the most common vectors of disease, particularly plague, during this period.

Penetrate questions like:

  1. Why doesn’t the world Electricity before 1900?
  2. Why did the world not have the medical industry, electronics, communication systems, military, and transportation infrastructure such as planes, trains, cars, trucks, and ships before 1900?
  3. Why didn’t we have more than 6,000 products before 1900, which the more affluent and healthier countries use on a daily basis today?

One answer is that electricity could be a secondary energy carrier that we obtain from converting other energy carriers such as coal, natural gas and oil. These sources are called “primary sources”, but electricity itself is not a “primary source”. Like electricity, the products used in industries and infrastructures all depend on products being made from “primary energy sources” such as petroleum.

The cause of the world population exploding to 8 billion can be as simple as the fact that the products used in every modern infrastructure and economy today CANNOT be made FROM a “secondary” source of energy such as electricity. These products require a “primary energy source” for the derivatives produced on which these products are based.

Today we are inundated with the serious deaths caused by man-made air pollution. These numbers are very important but pale compared to the many other causes of death affecting the 8 billion people on earth.

While the pandemic has claimed more than 600,000 lives in America alone, the numbers pale compared to the poorer countries that have been hit 11 million children die every year. These infant deaths are due to the preventable causes of diarrhea, malaria, newborn infection, pneumonia, premature birth, or lack of oxygen at birth, as many developing countries have little or no access to these oil-derived products that the rich and healthy enjoy.

When you factor in the deaths of “non-children”, the numbers around the world get even worse …

  • More than 40,000,000 abortions performed every year
  • More than 8,000,000 Cancer deaths worldwide per year.
  • 5,000,000 Tobacco-related deaths per year, and current trends show that tobacco use will cause more than 8,000,000 deaths annually by 2030.
  • 3,800,000 deaths each year due to household exposure to Smoke from dirty stoves and fuels.
  • 2,300,000 women and men worldwide suffer accidents at work or diseases every year per.
  • 1,800,000 of the Coronavirus in 2020
  • 1,230,000 worldwide traffic fatalities per year.
  • 270,000 Pedestrians killed on streets each year.
  • 585,900 premature deaths from medication per year.

With that part of the morbidity, I’d like to present some relatively good news that might be of interest to proponents of zero-emission electricity, and that is the global use of nuclear power. Probably because of that Nuclear Reactor Safety, today it is approx 440 nuclear reactors active in 32 countries around the world, 50 more are under construction. By retrofitting existing reactors, considerable additional capacities will be created.

Politics and media have successfully totaled the worldwide nuclear deaths – not annually, but since the introduction of atomic energy – including Three Mile Island (March 1979), Chernobyl (April 1986) and Fukushima (March 2011) are fewer than 200 over 4 decades, compared to the more than 50,000,000 annually from the aforementioned Causes.

Many of the healthier and wealthier countries are fascinated by subsidies for electricity from wind and sunshine. These countries are also slowing down efforts to drill for oil. By reducing the oil supply, the supply chain to the refineries is shortened to produce the oil derivatives and fuels that form the basis of profitability. The abandonment of fossil fuels will have a negative impact on lifestyle after 1900 and the following industries and infrastructures that depend on “primary energy sources”:

  • Almost 20,000 private jets for the elites of our world.
  • Almost 10,000 super yachts over 24 meters in length, again for the elites of our world.
  • Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin suborbital space services company for the very wealthy budding astronauts.
  • Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic suborbital space company for the very wealthy budding astronauts.
  • Commercial aviation, with 23,000 commercial aircraft worldwide who were accommodating 4 billion passengers annually.
  • The 56,000 merchant ships Burning more than 120 million gallons a day of high sulfur bunker fuel that moves billions of dollars worth of products around the world every day.
  • The military equipment of each country, consisting of aircraft carriers, battleships, destroyers, submarines, planes, tanks and tanks, trucks and troop carriers
  • The more than 300 cruise ships, each of which consumes 80,000 gallons of fuel daily, which accommodate more than 25 million passengers annually worldwide

Today, more than 200 years after 1900, the most important fact of today’s environmental movement, the book “Use of clean energy“Examines how the healthy and prosperous countries of the United States, Germany, Great Britain and Australia, which represent 6 percent of the world’s population (505 million versus 7.8 billion), could literally shut down and cease to exist, and the opposite of what you have been told and believe will happen.

Simply put, in these healthy and prosperous countries, any person, animal, or anything that causes harmful increases in emissions could disappear from the face of the earth; or even die out, and global emissions will still explode in the years and decades to come over the population and economic growth of China, India, Indonesia, Japan and Vietnam looking to build more than 600 coal-fired power plants and African countries planning to build it more than 1,250 new coal and gas power plants by 2030.

At least the healthier and wealthier countries don’t realize that 80 percent of humanity, or more than 6 billion in this world live on less than $ 10 a day, and billions live with it little to no access to electricity, These poor people need abundant, affordable, reliable, scalable, and flexible electricity, while the healthier and wealthier are pursuing the most expensive avenues to generate “secondary” intermittent electricity from breezes and sunshine.

The book “Use of clean energy“Helps citizens better understand that the more prosperous and healthier countries like Germany, Australia, Britain and America continue to exploit the world’s most vulnerable people and environments just to have the opportunity to generate intermittent electricity from depends on favorable weather conditions today.

Ronald Stein,

PE Ambassador for energy & infrastructure


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