Global crude oil production will soon peak, DOE said in 2004

16 Oct 2011

“Worldwide supplies of conventional oil will soon reach a peak production rate and begin an irreversible long-term decline.”

This is the opening line of the 2004 report “America’s Oil Shale: A Roadmap for Federal Decision Making,” by the Office of Naval Petroleum and Oil Shale Reserves, part of the U.S. Department of Energy.

The report talks about the potential for producing large amounts of oil from solid deposits known as oil shale, or more precisely kerogen.

Large “oil shale” deposits are in the Green River Formation, in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming, and can be easily confused with the similarly named “shale oil” deposits in Montana, North Dakota, Texas, and elsewhere.


books I've read on failure & grace

The World Without Us
The Last Oil Shock: A Survival Guide to the Imminent Extinction of Petroleum Man
A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
Hell and High Water: Global Warming--the Solution and the Politics--and What We Should Do
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
The Tipping Point
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time
The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization
Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail
The Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History, 1300-1850
Confessions of an Eco-Sinner: Tracking Down the Sources of My Stuff
Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World

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