Heinberg Warns About Implications of Peak Oil

While it can't be predicted exactly when Peak Oil will occur, Heinberg said it is not a distant concern.

Published: 13-Jan-2006

The supply of oil that has supported global transportation, economies and even food distribution for the past century will soon be unable to match ever-increasing demand, author and professor Richard Heinberg told a crowd at the Eugene Hilton on Tuesday night.

Heinberg is a professor at New College of California, a small, private liberal arts school with campuses in San Francisco and Santa Rosa. He studies Peak Oil, the concept that petroleum is a finite resource and that production of it will eventually reach a peak and then decline severely.

Earth’s population has grown from 1 billion in the early 1800s to 6.5 billion today, which Heinberg attributes to the use of oil to transport resources from areas where they are abundant to areas where they are scarce.


Visits to China, India, Malaysia and Pakistan are significant because the trip spells out the Saudi Kingdom's Look East policy, representing a new reorientation in its foreign policy that was heavily tilted toward the West.

The worst two scenarios suggest a drastic decline in output to 875,000 barrels a day by the end of 2007 and to just 520,000 a day by the end of 2008.

Bush said he envisioned a future in which a plug-in hybrid car could drive 40 miles on a lithium-ion battery, then stop at a filling station for ethanol, a fuel usually made from corn, similar to HyMotion Prius pictured below.


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