When petrolium runs out!

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    We all know petroleum is a non-renewable natural resource of energy that is vital to nearly all industries. How much do we consume? 32% of europes energy is consumed oil. 53% of the middle east... 41% of africa. and 40% of North americas natural energy consumption is oil.

    Thats a total of 30 billion barrels of oil per year! Infact 24% of all oil consumed in 2004 went to the United States alone.

    Putting the global warming facts aside with the large amount of C02 emitted into the air, what do we do when the natural resource of oil is consumed?

    Here are the statistics. "This study placed the prospective life span of oil reserves in the middle east at 88 years, latin america at 37 years and North america at only 16 years! Oil exploration alone will not prevent future shortages of the resource. Resource economists argue that oil prices will rise as demand increases relative to supply, and that this will spur further exploration and development. However, this process will not increase the amount of oil in the ground, but will rather temporarily prolong production as higher prices to make it economical to extract oil that was previously not economically recoverable."

    16 years left of oil in the US?! Why is there no concern? Can we at least research to come up with a cheaper way to use renewable energy? From the looks of it, we are goin to be in iraq for the next 88 years stealing oil if we consume at the rate we are going. Hybrid cars right now, are not efficient enough and cant be manufactured on a large scale without a large amount of money. Solar power even costs more than petrolium! So my question to everyone is, what are we going to do? Is it really so easy to just abandon our gas guzzling cars and use electric cars? Is it cheap? Will the profiteers of oil companies like George Bush, even care that this will happen so long as the price of gas will go up and the money still comes in? Will gasoline and large cars be something for only the rich and upper class when supply is almost gone? Will there be a cheap model T type hybrid car for everyone to run on electricity?
     
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    It isn't entirely true that oil is a non-renewable resource, just not renewable in a practical sense.

    But the answer is quite simple. When oil runs out we will come up with something else. Necessity is the mother of invention.
     
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    Not true. We have more proven oil reserves now than at any time in our history.
     
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    You can't put something aside that doesn't exist in the first place (i.e. facts).


    Those aren't statistics technically speaking. They are theories.

    Why should there be concern, when it's gone, it's gone and when it is we will come up with something else just like we always have.

    We are

    Yeah I saw an oil tanker steaming out of there under cover night myself last week. Gimmie a break.

    What are we going to do about what? No oil? It is going to run out some time and when it does we will adapt. The sky is in fact not falling.

    It isn't realistic at this point yet, no.

    Probably not as Bush will be dead long before this is an actual problem. But since we're on the topic what is so evil about him making a profit from his business?

    Actually right now it is only the rich that can afford the hybrids and electrics. It will be and even is right now the other way around. You will notice the poor tend to have older, poorly cared for vehicles makeing them more hazardous to the environment than vehicles owned by wealthy people. The number one contributor of pollution by automobile isn't poor gas mileage by hummers, it's poorly maintained vehicles.
     
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    Since the libs are against nuclear power then it's a good thing we got Global Warming...:cool::lol:
     
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    what you mean is ..... when oli runs out everywhere except alaska and the california coast what will we do?
     
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    Unbias points on this oil level world wide would be better and really having a grip on global warming would be another.
    I'm all for other ideas that get away from oil consumption and dependance starting here in the US and working outward. The earth is like nature and it is going to do what it is going to do. Our help to offset some of our damage is a step in the right direction.
    Need better data on the global warning from the the start of record keeping and you'll see it doesn't hold much truth to your comments....
     
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    Werun out of oil we can always go back to whales....I bet the tree huggers will just love that!
     
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    Can't forget coconut oil too. But I reckon no tree hugers will protest that since it would ge 3rd world countries doing the harvesting:D
     
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    Olive oil for little clay lamps too...peanut oil, corn oil, canola oil, bacon grease, we got it all covered!
     

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