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Beyond Oil: The View from Hubbert's Peak

by Kenneth S. Deffeyes

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Given the BP spill this is now a "must have" book. ( )
  carterchristian1 | Jun 18, 2010 |
This may be a bit technical for many people but is a good general introduction. The best part is his chapter 3, I believe, where he describes roughly the mathematics involved in Hubbert's original thesis. If it's too technical, read "The Party's Over" by Heinberg. ( )
  KeithAkers | Jun 5, 2010 |
This is a fair picture of the overall situation. The author does a pretty good job laying out the situation and current efforts to diversify our energy sources. Although this book is not on many public library shelves, it is on nearly all university library shelves. It is not that technical and I believe most individuals could follow the book quite well. ( )
  billsearth | Aug 12, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 080902957X, Paperback)

"This book explains both why the decline of our most precious fuel is inevitable and how challenging it will be to cope with what comes next."--Richard E. Smalley, University Professor, Rice University, and 1996 Nobel laureate


With world oil production about to peak and inexorably head toward steep decline, what fuels are available to meet rising global energy demands? That question, once thought to address a fairly remote contingency, has become ever more urgent, as a spate of books has drawn increased public attention to the imminent exhaustion of the economically vital world oil reserves. Kenneth S. Deffeyes, a geologist who was among the first to warn of the coming oil crisis, now takes the next logical step and turns his attention to the earth's supply of potential replacement fuels. In Beyond Oil, he traces out their likely production futures, with special reference to that of oil, utilizing the same analytic tools developed by his former colleague, the pioneering petroleum-supply authority M. King Hubbert.

"The bad news in this book is made bearable by the author's witty, conversational writing style. If my college econ textbooks had been written this way, I might have learned economics." --Rupert Cutler, The Roanoke Times

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With world oil production about to peak and inexorably head toward steep decline, what fuels are available to meet rising global energy demands? Deffeyes, a geologist who was among the first to warn of the coming oil crisis, now takes the next logical step and turns his attention to the earth's supply of potential replacement fuels. In Beyond Oil, he traces out their likely production futures, with special reference to that of oil. A concluding chapter on the overall energy picture covers the likely mix of energy sources the world can rely on for the near-term future, and the special roles that will need to be played by conservation, high-mileage diesel automobiles, nuclear power plants, and wind-generated electricity. His main concern is not our long-term adaptation to a world beyond oil but our immediate future: "Through our inattention, we have wasted the years that we might have used to prepare for lessened oil supplies. The next ten years are critical."… (more)

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