The End of Oil : On the Edge of a Perilous New World
The End of Oil On the Edge of a Perilous New World Author:Paul Roberts You live in this world. You use oil. You must read this book. — The situation is alarming and irrefutable: within thirty years, even by conservative estimates, we will have burned our way through most of the oil that is readily available to us. Already, the costly side effects of dependence on fossil fuel are taking their toll. Even as oil-relate... more »d conflict threatens entire nations, individual consumers are suffering from higher prices at the gas pump, rising health problems, and the grim prospect of long-term environmental damage.
In this frank and balanced investigation, Paul Roberts offers a timely wake-up call. He talks to both oil optimists and oil pessimists, delves deep into the economics and politics of oil, and considers the promises and pitfalls of alternatives such as wind power, hybrid cars, and hydrogen. A new afterword brings the book up to the minute. Brisk, immediate, and accessible, this is essential reading for anyone who uses oil, which is to say every one of us.« less
Aaron T. (res-ipsa) - , reviewed The End of Oil : On the Edge of a Perilous New World on
I thought this was an excellent description of the challenges that will soon face us and our entire energy economy, as well as some potential solutions. I actually think the author is a bit too optimistic in some ways - I don't share his faith in the ease or effectiveness of carbon sequestration or widespread distribution of hydrogen. But I could easily be proven wrong in my predictions, and certainly the book is a wonderful introdution to all of these ideas.
It's an issue to which I wish everyone would pay attention. It's true that changing the way we harvest and use energy will be extremely expensive, but waiting until we are *forced* to change will only make it more so, and then it might also be too late for that change to be at all safe or comfortable. Think 'Mad Max' kind of uncomfortable.
This is an explanation of what the future may bring as far as oil fields, production, and consumption. China, and India are major players in how the US will be paying for oil in the future. This is a thought provoking read. Makes you think.