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The Oracle of Oil: A Maverick Geologist's…

The Oracle of Oil: A Maverick Geologist's Quest for a Sustainable Future

by Mason Inman

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0393239683, Hardcover)

A complete biography of Marion King Hubbert, one of the twentieth century’s most influential energy experts, who was dubbed the “father of peak oil.”

In 1956, geophysicist and Shell Oil researcher Marion King Hubbert forecast that American oil production would peak surprisingly soon and decline steadily thereafter. Hubbert’s prediction outraged the architects of the U.S. oil industry at the time, but it was largely correct. Even amid a twenty-first century shale boom, Hubbert’s logic remains a source of debate and controversy.

In a richly researched narrative that surveys Hubbert’s papers and correspondence for the first time, award-winning journalist Mason Inman rescues the history of a man who shocked the scientific community with his brilliance, eccentricity, and controversy. The Oracle of Oil shows Hubbert as a man of his
era: a time of great intellectual ferment and discovery tinged by dark undercurrents of intellectual witch hunts.

In its portrait of a man whose prescient ideas about sustainability still resonate today, The Oracle of Oil looks to the past to find a guiding philosophy for our energy future.

(retrieved from Amazon Tue, 23 Feb 2016 09:31:49 -0500)

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