Nobody can argue with the fact that energy usage is a critical component of the life of the absolute majority of people on Earth and of the economy as a whole.

You tend to use energy in virtually every activity that you engage in. Even when you sleep, you have an alarm clock using energy next to you. Your refrigerator also keeps using energy no matter what you are doing and whether you are at home or not. You are likely to regularly charge your mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, which also means energy consumption.

One of the issues with energy consumption that is not evident to most people is the increased lifespan of people on the planet. During the last century, life expectancy in developed countries such as the United States has increased by 66%, from about 47 years in 1900 to over 75 years today. Because people consume energy all the time, living longer equals consuming much more energy than before. Today, life is much more convenient and better than it was in the past, largely because of the technological advancements and availability of energy.

However, the problems that the planet faces today have nothing to do with energy itself. It is about what people do to extract this energy and how they use energy that is available to them.

It is becoming evident to scientists that energy use is a zero-sum game. People have to pay one way or another for the energy that they get and use. While current payments are obvious and clear, the consequences of energy use are not. What is clear, however, is that there will be consequences for what people are doing today and the way in which humans are using fossil fuels. While there is currently no energy crisis, there definitely is an environmental energy policy crisis in most countries in the world.