Dialogue of the deaf

March 13, 2008 | 00:00

Dialogue of the deaf

There is a disconnection in the way we talk about energy and the way we assess its environmental implications. Energy providers talk in terms of millions of barrels a day, or megawatt hours. Environmentalists talk in tons of carbon. The result is a dangerous confusion, since it obscures the sheer scale of hydrocarbon use and leads to the illusion that all hydrocarbons are equally damaging.

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