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jdavidboyd (3251)

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Born - 1958
USAF - 1976-1980
BSEE - 1984
Married - 1987
Moved to Florida - 1994
Programming since 1986

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Tuesday July 13, 2004
03:25 PM

What happens when there is no more oil?

[ #19828 ]

Has anyone thought about this very much? I was on a web site the other day, run by some oil affiliated think tank, that says that 2005 is going to be the peak production year for oil.

After 2005, the oil companies will never again produce oil in the quantities they currently are producing.

One would think that society at large would be worrying about this, and planning for the future. What will "poor people" do when they can't get cheap gas to get to work? Just recently there was a "state of emergency" in California because gas was over $3.00 a gallon. I think that price is going to be looked back on with fond memories.

Does anyone have any thoughts formulated, or plans for the future in regards to this? Should we plan on running for the mountains because "it's the end of the world as we know it?". I don't feel fine...

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  • It just depends on who you ask: []

    This isn't the article I first saw, but it was the first one I could find again.

  • A senior Saudi Oil Minister once said "We didn't run out of stones before we left the stone age, and I don't expect we'll run out of oil before we leave the oil age" - or something like that.

    We don't need mineral petroleum oil to run cars and such, we could switch to oil-seed rape based bio-diesel now, there is plenty of that to go around. There would be a fairly major cost implication for the exploration and refining industry, but it's a viable option.

    A bigger problem could be the other uses we make of

    -- "It's not magic, it's work..."
  • Folks who have been following this issue since the early '70s (with the publication of Limits to Growth) rolled into Jay Hanson's "dieoff" (Google for location) site on the WWW in the late '90s and when that got too depressing moved on to the "energy resources" group and when that got too depressing moved on to the "selfish genes" list which in a way explains the course of events with respect to this issue. There's a think tank in Washington, D.C. devoted to future 'dieoff' scenarios (the earth is over-popu
    Not knowing what to do, they do what they know . . .