Energy Commission Information ( Eia ) Essay

849 WordsOct 14, 20144 Pages
The United States is the largest economy in the world. According to the World Bank its GDP is approximately 16.8 trillion as of 2013. As the U.S. grows in population, so does the demand of goods. Is the country heading towards greater prosperity or towards a dismal hole? Is the United States practicing weak or strong sustainability and should we be worried about running out of non-renewable resources? We all know what non-renewable resources are economic values that cannot be replaced within a reasonable time frame. According to the U.S. energy commission Information (EIA) Administration the United States consumed approximately 6.89 billion barrels of petroleum in 2013. Now, 6.89 billion barrels of petroleum may seem like an overwhelming amount of oil, but according to the EIA we should have enough oil to meet demands for the next 25 years. The EIA predicts that the demand for non-renewable resources will be met for at least 25 more years, but what happens after that? Some people would argue that the U.S. has been sustained up to this point in time however others would say the contrary. So, first I would like to define my interpretation sustainability as, “being able to meet today’s demand, without compromising tomorrows”. Under this definition I believe that the U.S. has been sustainable up to this point in time. Although non-renewable resources have been utilized, new discoveries are still happening. The track record of finding non-renewable resources has fared
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