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

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Princeton University Press, 2009 - Nature - 208 pages
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As debates about the effects of fossil fuels on our climate and foreign policy intensify, the question of just how much longer we can depend on this finite source of energy becomes more and more pressing. This selection from Hubbert's Peak, the leading book on the limits of our oil supply, forecasts what the future will bring for fossil fuels and what the alternatives are likely to be.

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User Review  - silpol - LibraryThing

Comprehensive and detailed, sometimes even down to industry anecdotes, it reviews oil and adjacent fossil fuel areas in historical and industry segment perspectives. With numerous illustrations ... Read full review

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User Review  - Chris - Goodreads

An interesting book and great that it is written by a geologist, but I found his writing style to be overly colloquial in a very forced way. Also, in light of recent developments some of his conclusions don't hold as much weight as they probably did when this was written 10 years ago. Read full review

Contents

Overview
1
The Origin of Oil
14
Oil Reservoirs and Oil Traps
40
Finding It
70
Drilling Methods
88
Size and Discoverability of Oil Fields
113
Hubbert Revisited
133
Rate Plots
150
The Future of Fossil Fuels
159
Alternative Energy Sources
176
A New Outlook
186
Notes
191
Index
205
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About the author (2009)

Kenneth S. Deffeyes is professor emeritus at Princeton University. Prior to teaching, he worked alongside M. King Hubbert at the Shell Oil research laboratory in Houston.

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