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Progress through the ages has been measured by man's mastery over minerals. In the present century, a most significant achievement has been development of abundant supplies of energy that multiply productivity and transform transportation.
Mineral energy makes it possible to reach and utilize resources previously unaccessible or non-commercial. The building blocks for an industrial civilization are thus expanded enormously to keep pace with the population explosion.
Progress in the development and utilization of inanimate energy has created unlimited horizons for science and technology. For example, today we speak confidently of reaching the moon and drilling through the crust of the earth, whereas, less than a century ago, the fantasies of Jules Verne seemed unattainable dreams.
Any fears that may have existed in the past that we will run out of energy can now be set aside. The mind of man has opened limitless energy resources, including nuclear fission and fusion. Wise and efficient use of our resources will continue to be good business, but we can
proceed confidently to use all the energy needed to promote economic progress throughout the world so that all mankind may enjoy a better and richer life.
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