Types of Energy
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Types of Energy

In this section, we will consider individually several of the main types of energy and the issues unique to each. Many more topics could be discussed, such as natural gas and electricity markets, but this brief will focus on the role of fossil fuels (oil and coal), nuclear energy, and renewable energy (ethanol, hydrogen, solar, wind, tidal/hydro) in a globalized world.

It will consider a range of issues raised by these forms of energy, from the renewed emphasis on clean coal as a vital element of many countries’ energy portfolios to the risks associated with the proliferation of nuclear materials to the potential impact of biofuels on the environment.

The goal is to provide a foundation for better understanding of the many energy-related events that are constantly unfolding and the relationship between those events and globalization.


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