There is nothing unusual about energy like coalsand oils being consumed, principally becauseeconomic development depends on natural resourcesall the time. But what is happening today isextraordinary judged by the standards of the past.It is energy depletion on a massive scale and thisproblem is so knotty that should deserve our closerheed.
Amongst the diverse factors contributing tothe energy crises around the world, government’sshort-sighted policies and citizens’ extravagant useof automobiles are probably the two most significantones. By presuming on their natural resources, quite a few countries, especially developingones, are eager to develop their economy in order to gain an edge over their rivals. Admittedly,their intensive use of the energy facilitates, to some extent, the developments of otherindustries in short term. Additionally, the amount of private cars increases at such a breakneckspeed that the petroleum used amounts to an intimidating proportion of the naturalresources.
The consequences are undoubtedly disastrous for human beings. Although countries canboast their growth of GDP, their citizens have to endure the ever deteriorated environmentwith stinking gas belching from factories and vehicles, polluted water due to fuels infiltratingunderground, even ultraviolet radiation in the absence of ozone layer and, therefore, theirquality of life is by no means improved. Also, sustainable development can never come intotrue in this situation, meaning that our descendants can benefit nothing except sterile landand polluted air and water from their ancestors.
Therefore, our government must take serious steps to attack those problems. The first andforemost is that governments have to reverse their mindset and no longer deem the growth ofGDP their first goal. Rather, the betterment of citizens’ quality of life should deserve moreattention than the economic growth. Furthermore, the use of private cars should bediscouraged by authorities, who must shoulder the responsibility of improving publictransportation in order to facilitate people as well as release the burden of energyconsumption.
In conclusion, to avoid the phrase “filthy rich” added to themselves, countries must paymore heed to the efficient use of their energy and the issue of environmental protection,while they develop their economy; otherwise, environmental apocalypse and energy crisis arefeared to happen in the horizon.