Hubbert's Peak: The Impending World Oil Shortage (New Edition)

Hubbert's Peak: The Impending World Oil Shortage (New Edition)

by Kenneth S. Deffeyes
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691141193

ISBN-13: 9780691141190

Pub. Date: 09/29/2008

Publisher: Princeton University Press

In 2001, Kenneth Deffeyes made a grim prediction: world oil production would reach a peak within the next decade—and there was nothing anyone could do to stop it. Deffeyes's claim echoed the work of geophysicist M. King Hubbert, who in 1956 predicted that U.S. oil production would reach its highest level in the early 1970s. Though roundly criticized by oil

Overview

In 2001, Kenneth Deffeyes made a grim prediction: world oil production would reach a peak within the next decade—and there was nothing anyone could do to stop it. Deffeyes's claim echoed the work of geophysicist M. King Hubbert, who in 1956 predicted that U.S. oil production would reach its highest level in the early 1970s. Though roundly criticized by oil experts and economists, Hubbert's prediction came true in 1970.

In this updated edition of Hubbert's Peak, Deffeyes explains the crisis that few now deny we are headed toward. Using geology and economics, he shows how everything from the rising price of groceries to the subprime mortgage crisis has been exacerbated by the shrinking supply—and growing price—of oil. Although there is no easy solution to these problems, Deffeyes argues that the first step is understanding the trouble that we are in.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691141190
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
09/29/2008
Edition description:
New edition with a New commentary by the author
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the 2008 Edition ix
Acknowledgments xv
CHAPTER 1: Overview 1
CHAPTER 2: The Origin of Oil 14
CHAPTER 3: Oil Reservoirs and Oil Traps 40
CHAPTER 4: Finding It 70
CHAPTER 5: Drilling Methods 88
CHAPTER 6: Size and Discoverability of Oil Fields 113
CHAPTER 7: Hubbert Revisited 133
CHAPTER 8: Rate Plots 150
CHAPTER 9: The Future of Fossil Fuels 159
CHAPTER 10: Alternative Energy Sources 176
CHAPTER 11: A New Outlook 186
Notes 191
Index 205

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