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Hubbert's Peak : The Impending World Oil Shortage

Hubbert's Peak : The Impending World Oil Shortage - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0691116259

Cover of Hubbert
ISBN13: 978-0691116259
ISBN10: 0691116253
Edition: 01
Copyright: 2001
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Published: 2001
International: No

Hubbert's Peak : The Impending World Oil Shortage - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0691116259

Kenneth S. Deffeyes

ISBN13: 978-0691116259
ISBN10: 0691116253
Edition: 01
Copyright: 2001
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Published: 2001
International: No
Summary

Geophysicist M. King Hubbert predicted in 1956 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 revised and updated edition reflecting the latest information on the world supply of oil, Kenneth Deffeyes uses Hubbert's methods to find that world oil production will peak in this decade--and there isn't anything we can do to stop it. While long-term solutions exist in the form of conservation and alternative energy sources, they probably cannot--and almost certainly will not--be enacted in time to evade a short-term catastrophe.

Author Bio

Deffeyes, Kenneth S. : Princeton University

Kenneth S. Deffeyes is Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. He grew up in the oilfields; his father was a pioneer petroleum engineer. At the Shell Oil research laboratory in Houston, he was a colleague of M. King Hubbert. He joined the Princeton faculty in 1967 and continued to participate in the petroleum industry as a consultant and as an expert witness. General readers best know Deffeyes as the guide/mentor in John McPhee's series of popular books on geology, collected and republished under the title Annals of the Former World.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Chapter 1 Overview
Chapter 2 The Origin of Oil
Chapter 3 Oil Reservoirs and Oil Traps
Chapter 4 Finding It
Chapter 5 Drilling Methods
Chapter 6 Size and Discoverability of Oil Fields
Chapter 7 Hubbert Revisited
Chapter 8 Rate Plots
Chapter 9 The Future of Fossil Fuels
Chapter 10 Alternative Energy Sources
Chapter 11 A New Outlook
Notes
Index

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