The urgent complexity of the energy-related challenge humanity faces boggles
the sharpest minds. The outcome of the ordeal will be influenced by countless
technical, scientific, political and social variables. One of the most important will
be the public.s ability to assess the problem, which is growing more complex with
every new event and idea. We see this, for example, in the repercussions of the
Gulf oil spill and the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Online, we are bombarded with varying arguments about the energy problem,
many carrying misinformation and faulty journalism. Dissonance is the result; the
big picture is blurred. The core concepts—fast-growing global energy demand,
climate change, and the political motivations of those fighting over these issues—are too frequently lost in the shuffle. The New Fuelist aims to filter a signal from
the noisy energy and environmental news cycle, and to present the daily news in
context. Tell us what you think.