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Fri Apr 6, 2012, 10:56 AM

If everyone used as much energy as Americans, we’d run out of oil in 9 years

http://grist.org/list/if-everyone-used-as-much-energy-as-americans-wed-run-out-of-oil-in-9-years/

Unlike gluttonous American industry, Europe’s most profitable companies plan to make even more money by getting ahead of this whole peak oil trend, reports Der Spiegel. And it’s a damn good thing, because if everybody guzzled oil like Americans, we’d be even more screwed than we are now.

Case in point:
If every person on Earth used as much energy as the average person in the United States, today’s known oil reserves would be exhausted within nine years.

“Aha!” say the naysayers. “But haven’t I been hearing that America is on the verge of producing all the oil we’ll need?” You have — but not from anyone credible. As energy futurist Chris Nelder just outlined at Smartplanet, even if we could exploit every single resource the U.S. has, and to hell with the environmental consequences, we’d still run out in a decade or three and be right back where we started: running on empty, and facing economic collapse as our existing transportation, agricultural, and manufacturing infrastructure literally runs out of gas.

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Javaman Apr 2012 OP
mactime Apr 2012 #1
Javaman Apr 2012 #3
mactime Apr 2012 #4
Javaman Apr 2012 #6
dkf Apr 2012 #2
kristopher Apr 2012 #5

Response to Javaman (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 11:11 AM

1. I have heard this

 

I have heard this explanation used to justify stopping all immigration to America

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Response to mactime (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 11:24 AM

3. How so? nt

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Response to Javaman (Reply #3)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 11:26 AM

4. Americans use more energy

 

and by allowing more people to come to America you create more 'high energy' users.

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Response to mactime (Reply #4)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 02:20 PM

6. that's some pretty weird logic. nt

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Response to Javaman (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 11:22 AM

2. Americans believe cheap oil/gas is a government given right.

 

But one day reality will hit and it will not be pretty.

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Response to Javaman (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 11:48 AM

5. That's a useful sound bite, thanks.

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