Monday, May 5, 2008

Hubbert's Peak, 1956

This article sketches out M. King Hubbert's presentation of his American peak oil theory. This is useful stuff, not least for the echoes of our present:
Hubbert also plotted oil on a scale of 10,000 years - 5,000 years ago to 5,000 years in the future – showing how mankind’s use of petroleum is “a unique event in human history, a unique event in biological history. It is non-repetitive, a blip in the span of time.” He then posited nuclear power as a possible substitute.

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