What if...




 
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October 13th, 2004  
Bratwurst
 

Topic: What if...


...the world's oil runs out?

The dependancy of the modern world on this precious resource will remain.

Some predicitons date this crisis as soon as 30 years into the future.

Will the world's nations find peaceful solutions, find substitutes, or could this even mount to WWIII?
October 13th, 2004  
Airborne
 
Ummm, we can already make oil from coal and corn..... for the third world's sake, they better hope we choose the coal option!
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October 13th, 2004  
Xion
 
I'm sure that human beings will find out another substitute for oil before the supply runs out.Who knows maybe the new substitute would be in abundance in the third world countries , better watch out 8) , times can change
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October 13th, 2004  
Airborne
 
It's going to be Mexican Jumping Beans.
October 13th, 2004  
G.A.F.E.S.
 

Topic: mmmmm


Or could it be flying hot dogs?
October 13th, 2004  
Airborne Eagle
 
 
I think there's plenty of oil in other areas (oil shale, for example). Right now, it's cheaper to pump it. When it gets in short supply, it may be more ecnomically feasible to pull it from more difficult sources. Or the cost may be so prohibitive, alternative energy will come about.
October 13th, 2004  
godofthunder9010
 
 
Well, the world's oil supply is not in danger of running out anytime soon. Additionally, there is no petrolium based product that cannot be created through other means. Additionally, science is getting better and better at breaking down plastics, and even human waste or anything carbon based -- and turn it into oil.
October 13th, 2004  
AsianAmerican
 
 
Oil wont run out for some time, not in my life time IMO but just in case i'll go buy a Toyota Prius 60 city/51 highway
October 16th, 2004  
Bratwurst
 
Quote:
Ummm, we can already make oil from coal and corn.....
Ummm, sure we can, in WWII it was already done by the Germans and during Apartheid by South Africa.

I am aware of Oil Shale (btw: 2/3 of known reserves are in the U.S. - bugger for the 3rd world^^), Tar Sand and synfuels, but this doesn't change the problem.

"Peak Oil" is a theory that is not only backed up by idiots and the Oil crisis will come, even though we have theoretical substitutes, that would be many times more expensive than crude oil.

I strongly believe there will be dangerous conflicts over the remaining, easily accessible oil. And if you glance at current figures, you will find, that this is a problem of this generation.
October 16th, 2004  
The Other Guy
 
 
Oil prices are going up, but it won't be $200 a barrel for quite a while!