Skip to comments.It Will Take 131 Years To Replace Oil, And We've Only Got 10
Posted on 11/14/2010 4:20:08 PM PST by WebFocus
It seems the panic time for both green enthusiasts and peak oil pundits.
According to a new paper by two researchers at the University of California Davis, it would take 131 years for replacement of gasoline and diesel given the current pace of research and development; however, world's oil could run dry almost a century before that.
The research was published on Nov. 8 at Environmental Science & Technology, which is based on the theory that market expectations are good predictors reflected in prices of publicly traded securities.
By incorporating market expectations into the model, the authors, Nataliya Malyshkina and Deb Niemeier, indicated that based on their calculation, the peak of oil production could occur between 2010 and 2030, before renewable replacement technologies become viable at around 2140.
The estimates not only delayed the alternative energy timeline, but also pushed up the peak oil deadline. The researchers suggest some previous estimates that pegged year 2040 as the time frame when alternatives would start to replace oil, could be overly optimistic".
As I pointed out before, despite the excitement and hype surrounding a future of clean energy, a majority of the current technology simply does not make economic sense for regular consumers and lack the infrastructure for a mass deployment .even with government subsidies, tax breaks, and outright mandates.
In addition, the supply chain of renewable technologies is not as green as people might think. Most alternative technologies rely on rare earths for efficiency. However, the radioactive waste produced by rare earths mining process makes oil sands look like a green energy. This overlooked (or ignored) fact just now received some attention due to the sudden shortage caused by Chinas embargo and export quotas on rare earths.
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If we actually ran out of oil, which we won't, everything would work out just fine.
What won't work out just fine is jackbooted thugs deciding what we deserve and seeing to it that we get it.
Well, I guess it’s time to get a dictator. All that crap about liberty and free markets don’t work. Just tell us what to do, oh great one! </sarc>
It’s OK. The sky is scheduled to fall on our heads a week beofre the oil and gas runs out. We’ll be good.
This article strikes me as intellectual masturbation is the extreme.
Pure exaggeration! I would bet that we have at least another 50 years or more! Better methods and better exploration will provide continuing expansion of the oil industry. It is the “world is coming to an end” folks that keep this kind of farce alive...
It’s time we start drilling. Working on oil shale and synthetic fuels like the Germans used in WW2.
We have tons of coal that can be turned into fuel.
Not to worry. World COULD end on 12/21/2012. Also we COULD be struck by a meteorite. Barack and Michelle COULD have another child, and he COULD release his Birth Certificate, proving he COULD be the Lost Dauphin. As COULD Elton John.
What unmitigated hosshiite.
Yeah, we're always going to run out of oil in the next 20 years. The "experts" have been telling us this since the 1950's.
DRILL, BABY , DRILL!!!!!
More crap from the wackos.
I have colleagues who work in the oil exploration business. This is 100% pure bovine excrement.
New Oil Patches Sprout Across Nation
The Wall Street Journal ^ | NOVEMBER 13, 2010 | DANIEL GILBERT
Don’t be Silly Dian L. Chu, global warming will freeze us all to death long before that! ;f
I recall very similar studies and articles 40 years ago.
Still waiting for the overpopulation predicted for the 80's in The Population Bomb. These idiots just keep moving the marker, when their predicts are proved wrong.
WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE!
Sure was a lot of that black stuff gushing out of the Gulf BP well last summer.
So I know were we can get at least a little more...
Everytime someone says the world is running out of oil, suddenly exploration finds even more oil.
Midland/Odessa is on it’s third oil boom in 80 years.
University of California at Davis is not a world league institution to study Chemical or Petroleum Engineering, nor Applied Physics nor any number of other disciplines to dedicate themselves to properly address the problem at even a post graduate level, let alone a national or world leaage effort.
UC Davis is known to produce many an politically subsidized ‘academic study’ under the guise of engineering and science to promote ulterior political agendas, especially globalist and socialist agendas, but hardly a pure source of academic insight.
Any undergraduate student of the History of Science can look at a natural 130 year history of technology which has led us to current petroleum based energy/power systems and recognize a substitute energy source based alternative to petroleum would take roughly 5-30 years to mature, if the effort were honorably dedicated.
Of course, in the same time frame, say 20 years, it might also be discovered that petroleum based resources may be replenished by other mechanisms. The present liberal agenda to cutoff the largest petroleum find in the Gulf of Mexico in the last century, by artificial Presidential fiat, doesn’t do much to promote intellectual sincerity in such efforts.
In order to promote intellectual insight, virtue and honesty must have higher esteem than political control.
They are full of crap. Oil is a renewable resource. Thats a fact Jack!
About 80 miles off of the coast of Louisiana lies a mostly submerged mountain, the top of which is known as Eugene Island. The portion underwater is an eerie-looking, sloping tower jutting up from the depths of the Gulf of Mexico, with deep fissures and perpendicular faults which spontaneously spew natural gas. A significant reservoir of crude oil was discovered nearby in the late ‘60s, and by 1970, a platform named Eugene 330 was busily producing about 15,000 barrels a day of high-quality crude oil.
By the late ‘80s, the platform’s production had slipped to less than 4,000 barrels per day, and was considered pumped out. Done. Suddenly, in 1990, production soared back to 15,000 barrels a day, and the reserves which had been estimated at 60 million barrels in the ‘70s, were recalculated at 400 million barrels. Interestingly, the measured geological age of the new oil was quantifiably different than the oil pumped in the ‘70s.
Analysis of seismic recordings revealed the presence of a “deep fault” at the base of the Eugene Island reservoir which was gushing up a river of oil from some deeper and previously unknown source.
Similar results were seen at other Gulf of Mexico oil wells. Similar results were found in the Cook Inlet oil fields in Alaska. Similar results were found in oil fields in Uzbekistan. Similarly in the Middle East, where oil exploration and extraction have been under way for at least the last 20 years, known reserves have doubled. Currently there are somewhere in the neighborhood of 680 billion barrels of Middle East reserve oil.
Creating that much oil would take a big pile of dead dinosaurs and fermenting prehistoric plants. Could there be another source for crude oil?
An intriguing theory now permeating oil company research staffs suggests that crude oil may actually be a natural inorganic product, not a stepchild of unfathomable time and organic degradation. The theory suggests there may be huge, yet-to-be-discovered reserves of oil at depths that dwarf current world estimates.
The theory is simple: Crude oil forms as a natural inorganic process which occurs between the mantle and the crust, somewhere between 5 and 20 miles deep. The proposed mechanism is as follows:
Methane (CH4) is a common molecule found in quantity throughout our solar system huge concentrations exist at great depth in the Earth.
At the mantle-crust interface, roughly 20,000 feet beneath the surface, rapidly rising streams of compressed methane-based gasses hit pockets of high temperature causing the condensation of heavier hydrocarbons. The product of this condensation is commonly known as crude oil.
Some compressed methane-based gasses migrate into pockets and reservoirs we extract as “natural gas.”
In the geologically “cooler,” more tectonically stable regions around the globe, the crude oil pools into reservoirs.
In the “hotter,” more volcanic and tectonically active areas, the oil and natural gas continue to condense and eventually to oxidize, producing carbon dioxide and steam, which exits from active volcanoes.
Periodically, depending on variations of geology and Earth movement, oil seeps to the surface in quantity, creating the vast oil-sand deposits of Canada and Venezuela, or the continual seeps found beneath the Gulf of Mexico and Uzbekistan.
Periodically, depending on variations of geology, the vast, deep pools of oil break free and replenish existing known reserves of oil.
There are a number of observations across the oil-producing regions of the globe that support this theory, and the list of proponents begins with Mendelev (who created the periodic table of elements) and includes Dr. Thomas Gold (founding director of Cornell University Center for Radiophysics and Space Research) and Dr. J.F. Kenney of Gas Resources Corporations, Houston, Texas.
In his 1999 book, “The Deep Hot Biosphere,” Dr. Gold presents compelling evidence for inorganic oil formation. He notes that geologic structures where oil is found all correspond to “deep earth” formations, not the haphazard depositions we find with sedimentary rock, associated fossils or even current surface life.
He also notes that oil extracted from varying depths from the same oil field have the same chemistry oil chemistry does not vary as fossils vary with increasing depth. Also interesting is the fact that oil is found in huge quantities among geographic formations where assays of prehistoric life are not sufficient to produce the existing reservoirs of oil. Where then did it come from?
Another interesting fact is that every oil field throughout the world has outgassing helium. Helium is so often present in oil fields that helium detectors are used as oil-prospecting tools. Helium is an inert gas known to be a fundamental product of the radiological decay or uranium and thorium, identified in quantity at great depths below the surface of the earth, 200 and more miles below. It is not found in meaningful quantities in areas that are not producing methane, oil or natural gas. It is not a member of the dozen or so common elements associated with life. It is found throughout the solar system as a thoroughly inorganic product.
Even more intriguing is evidence that several oil reservoirs around the globe are refilling themselves, such as the Eugene Island reservoir not from the sides, as would be expected from cocurrent organic reservoirs, but from the bottom up.
Dr. Gold strongly believes that oil is a “renewable, primordial soup continually manufactured by the Earth under ultrahot conditions and tremendous pressures. As this substance migrates toward the surface, it is attached by bacteria, making it appear to have an organic origin dating back to the dinosaurs.”
Smaller oil companies and innovative teams are using this theory to justify deep oil drilling in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico, among other locations, with some success. Dr. Kenney is on record predicting that parts of Siberia contain a deep reservoir of oil equal to or exceeding that already discovered in the Middle East.
Could this be true?
In August 2002, in the “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (US),” Dr. Kenney published a paper, which had a partial title of “The genesis of hydrocarbons and the origin of petroleum.” Dr. Kenney and three Russian coauthors conclude:
The Hydrogen-Carbon system does not spontaneously evolve hydrocarbons at pressures less than 30 Kbar, even in the most favorable environment. The H-C system evolves hydrocarbons under pressures found in the mantle of the Earth and at temperatures consistent with that environment.
He was quoted as stating that “competent physicists, chemists, chemical engineers and men knowledgeable of thermodynamics have known that natural petroleum does not evolve from biological materials since the last quarter of the 19th century.”
Deeply entrenched in our culture is the belief that at some point in the relatively near future we will see the last working pump on the last functioning oil well screech and rattle, and that will be that. The end of the Age of Oil. And unless we find another source of cheap energy, the world will rapidly become a much darker and dangerous place.
If Dr. Gold and Dr. Kenney are correct, this “the end of the world as we know it” scenario simply won’t happen. Think about it ... while not inexhaustible, deep Earth reserves of inorganic crude oil and commercially feasible extraction would provide the world with generations of low-cost fuel. Dr. Gold has been quoted saying that current worldwide reserves of crude oil could be off by a factor of over 100.
A Hedberg Conference, sponsored by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, was scheduled to discuss and publicly debate this issue. Papers were solicited from interested academics and professionals. The conference was scheduled to begin June 9, 2003, but was canceled at the last minute. A new date has yet to be set.
Total BS, there is no shortage of oil except that which is forced upon us by Libtard environmentalist and the Middle East countries who want to maintain their monopoly.
Well then .....we’ll just have to build Nuke power plants all over. It’s the only way to be sure.
I don't mean to hijack the thread, however, on a related note; have you seen Brit Humes "Conservatism: Right All Along"?
It is like watching todays news in black and white with actors from the 40s and 50s. The more things change, the more they repeat themselves. Same with the 'oil is gonna run out in 10 years' mimi. This crap is aimed at the dumbed down yutes with little knowledge of history and even less motivation to find answers for themselves.
Remember the gulf oil spill ?
That oil was coming out out the ground at thousandS of PSI.
It also had a flow that was so strong as to be almost not measuarable.
Liberals do not live in the real world.
We can convert coal to gas and last another 500 years at a minimum. Hiltler did it, SA is doing it now.
I thought the peak oil pimps were telling us that peak oil was going to hit in 2008.
No, I went back to check - that was 2007.
Peak oil nuts are sort of like the ‘end of the world’ religious nuts. They can always come up with a new date with the old one doesn’t work out.
For those who are not aware, this “peak oil” nonsense was started by the green party to shift people away from a petroleum based economy due to ‘Global Warming’.
There is no peak oil just theories based on leftist, enviro-wacko rhetoric.
I think I would be much more comfortable trusting the reliability of some "oilies" than a couple of UC "researchers".
“peak oil” bump for later..........
Been on the fringe of the oil business too many decades to be taken in by the crowd that tried to sell global warming.
Next faux crisis?
I remember that we were told in the 70’s that there wouldn’t be anymore oil by the 1990’s!
One thing which has never been discussed in the media: if petroleum products came from plants and animals that died LONG AGO, what has become of the plants and animals that died not so long ago? Do they turn into petroleum products also, or into something else, like processed cheese or Styrofoam?
Well, the liberals will tell us that coal is dirty and we’re blowing up mountains in West Virginia to get it and all that. And they will say that nuclear is bad because of nuclear waste and Chernobyl(sp?) and, even though nuclear produces no greenhouse gases, it’s just too risky.
The liberals only favor solar energy. They say they favor electric cars, but when they find out that the huge quantities of electricity needed to power millions of electric cars in this country will be generated in coal fired power plants, they will turn against electric cars.
The liberals will interrupt and interfere with any solutions to our energy problems.
The US is sitting on very large reserves of oil and coal. Oil is a political problem, not a resource problem.
Time to start building a hundred or so coal-to-liquids plants. The USA has a 200 year supply of coal and the technology to turn coal into oil distillates has existed since before WWII.
Experts have been saying that oil will only last another ten years...since the 1920s.
Experts have been wrong since the 1920’s... Seems that they keep finding more oil or better ways to get at it...
Agreed. The people that make claims like this are either idiots or lying through their teeth.
Yep. That is my point. The “Oil is doomed” folks have been saying this almost from the moment someone figured out how to distill petroleum in the late 19th century.