Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Looking for the next gas station

The latest National Geographic has a cover story on what they term the end of cheap oil (full article in print mag)
Humanity's way of life is on a collision course with geology with the stark fact that the Earth holds a finite supply of oil. The flood of crude from fields around the world will ultimately top out, then dwindle. It could be 5 years from now or 30: No one knows for sure, and geologists and economists are embroiled in debate about just when the 'oil peak' will be upon us. But few doubt that it is coming. 'In our lifetime,' says economist Robert K. Kaufmann of Boston University, who is 46, 'we will have to deal with a peak in the supply of cheap oil.'
I always knew the supply was finite, but I didn't think we'd see the cheap sources of go-juice tapped out while I am (odds are) still alive. Since Cheney doesn't think we need to conserver, I assume he's not worried because the big trouble won't hit in his lifetime - going by average lifespan stats. Scarier is the photo in the print mag showing just how much stuff in a probably typical house is dependent on hydrocarbons - that is to be exact, relatively cheap hydrocarbons.

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