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The Optimistic Side of Peak Oil

I just finished reading an article in this month’s Wired magazine that provides the techno-optimistic perspective on peak oil.

The article suggests that a number of alternative energy sources will become available as oil hits higher price points.

I just finished reading an article in this month’s Wired magazine that provides the techno-optimistic perspective on peak oil.

The article suggests that a number of alternative energy sources will become available as oil hits higher price points.

If reading Kunstler (which will be featured in the City Club Citizens Read book club next month) is too depressing, this is just the pill you need to take. Of course I’m not sure all their projections are realistic. Here are a few:

– Liquification of Natural Gas into diesel fuel (seems to neglect the fact that Natural Gas is on a peak curve as well).

– Liquification of Coal into gasoline

– Extraction of Oil from Tar Sands (Gordon Price mentioned this one as well – since the tar sands are in Canada – but neither address the issue of the energy you have to put in to get the petroleum out)

My own belief is that reality is somewhere in between, and that the race will be to see whether a combination of conservation and alternatives can kick in before large-scale disruptions in society occur due to cost and lack of oil.