Energy and civilization: A history of energy production and consumption in a global cultural, technological and economic context

Carolyn S. Mattick, Eric Williams, Braden Allenby

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Abstract

The value in identifying current trends and viewing them in a historical light is that the results can be used to inform ongoing policy and investment decisions. This paper highlights historic and current patterns in human population, energy use, and culture, with technological development as both a facilitating and resultant factor. It is shown that there is a positive relationship between national energy consumption per capita and two human well-being indicators. It is also shown that, although many of the trends of the past such as increasing energy productivity in all economic sectors and increasing aggregate energy consumption are still in effect on a global basis, others, such as United States energy consumption, are beginning to shift.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2009 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST '09 in Cooperation with 2009 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, ISTAS
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
Event2009 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST '09 in Cooperation with 2009 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, ISTAS - Tempe, AZ, United States
Duration: May 18 2009May 20 2009

Publication series

Name2009 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST '09 in Cooperation with 2009 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, ISTAS

Other

Other2009 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST '09 in Cooperation with 2009 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, ISTAS
CountryUnited States
CityTempe, AZ
Period5/18/095/20/09

Keywords

  • Civilization
  • Economy
  • Energy
  • Society

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Mattick, C. S., Williams, E., & Allenby, B. (2009). Energy and civilization: A history of energy production and consumption in a global cultural, technological and economic context. In 2009 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST '09 in Cooperation with 2009 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, ISTAS [5156766] (2009 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST '09 in Cooperation with 2009 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, ISTAS). https://doi.org/10.1109/ISSST.2009.5156766