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Fossil Fuel Production and Consumption


When will the oil run out?


The Hubbert Peak

Emprically it is well established that production/consumption and discovery are very strongly related. There is a lag time. Discovery exceeds production so pressure to discover diminishes. When production exceeds discovery, pressure to discover more resource increases. Figure 2.5 in the book shows that this relation is maintained well sinc 1900.

So, Let's go Back to Coal

Energy yield depends on how much Carbon is contained in the Coal. Two types dominant US Reserves

Since 1970 COAL production is up