In addition to resource availability, development logistics, and political aspects, the AIPG Energy Committee also considered the environmental aspects of energy production and use. The Energy Committee statement was reviewed through an environmental protection/sustainability lens in an effort to consider the comparative environmental costs of each form of energy. The environmental effects of each method of energy production are complex and involve environmental trade-offs. Different fuel types in varying mixes are used for different purposes (heating, power generation, transportation). Development and use of each fuel type can result in varied environmental costs (externalities) and ecological and human health risks in multiple areas.
- Position Statement