Summary of When Oil Peaked

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If society chooses wisely, the world’s energy future offers sound alternatives.


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Forecasting the date of peak oil production is serious business, and this short book tackles the predictive methodology, geology, economics and mathematics head-on. Princeton professor emeritus Kenneth Deffeyes presents the techniques used by petroleum geologist M. King Hubbert to validate his prediction as to when oil production would peak. Deffeyes, who worked with Hubbert, further validates Hubbert’s work, as he did in his earlier book, Hubbert’s Peak. He presents the pros and cons of various alternative energy sources, how oil prices contributed to the recent global recession and the status of the oil industry today. This is a technical book; Deffeyes is an engineer, geologist and oil heavyweight, and he makes detailed presentations requiring advanced knowledge not provided in the text. getAbstract considers this an important text and recommends it to people interested in the most rigorous assessment of future energy trends and climate change.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How M. King Hubbert identified the peak of oil production and what that means,
  • What the future holds for developing renewable energy sources, and
  • How geology and weather affect energy sources.


No Horn of Plenty
Experts widely credit American geologist M. King Hubbert (1903-1989) with analyzing when the world’s oil production would peak. Hubbert’s acolytes (“Hubbertians”) follow his methods and now believe global oil production peaked in 2005. Data shows that, since 2005, there...
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About the Author

Kenneth S. Deffeyes, a former researcher for Shell Oil, is professor emeritus of geology at Princeton University.

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    Bipin N Bhayani 6 years ago
    With finite availability of oil, gas, coal and uranium, some of the solutions would include energy. conservation, sustainable population limit by education and promotion of healthy environment.
    Search for renewable energy should be treated as a global priority. Wise use of energy is responsibility of everyone and for survival of the mankind in the long run. We are running out of time

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