Peak Oil and the light at the end of the tunnel

September 12, 2011


For over 100 years we have relied on oil as a cheap, energy dense and portable form of power. Many advances such as plastics, ink, medicine, fertilizer, crayons, bubble gum, soup, glass and tires are heavily dependent on cheap oil. There is only a finite supply of oil in the world, and demand is increasing as the third world industrializes.

Peak oil, in a way, has already come: many countries and many production techniques have peaked, fortunately as demand has increased so has technology and our willingness to explore across the globe for new pockets. We’ve had to dig deeper and get creative in squeezing oil out of unconventional sources. There are still sources to tap, they’re dirtier, offer lower returns on energy invested and much harder to get at but they’re there. Unfortunately, the oil will eventually become too expensive and too sparse to viably meet our current energy demands and then we’ll need something new. Here’s our review on the subject.

Embed this Infographic
Feel free to embed the infographic on your blog using the embed code below:

<a href=""><img width="650" height="7154" src="" title="Peak Oil and the light at the end of the tunnel" alt="peak oil"/></a><br /> <a href="">CarSort's</a> <a href="">Peak Oil</a> Infographic


, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


Subscribe to our e-mail newsletter to receive updates.

6 Responses to “Peak Oil and the light at the end of the tunnel”

  1. Matt Says:

    Great Graphic on peak oil. Very easy to read and understand. Look forward to more like it.


  2. Gary Says:

    I appreciate the effort at depicting our peak oil circumstances in such concise, understandable terms. True, our way of life will likely not end over night, though end it will and not as calmly as your graphic may imply. Although most of our routine resources consumed daily (food, energy, transport, communications, medicines, heating, etc.), rely heavily on low-cost, high-quality oil access, constraints to these resources are not my primarily concern (as discomforting as such may be). What concerns me more is the resulting break-down of social order as people attempt to make sense of the risks to their welfare. Political leadership, police, fire, ambulance services will be increasingly unable to meet growing demands for attention, as policies outlining service provision will become obsolete (especially as personnel decide that staying home and serving family takes priority). My guess is that we have about 10 years or so to change course: create abundant food and resource production within neighborhoods (homes and families cooperate and collaborate to transform their manicured lawns into food forests and gardens). While security becomes a product of relationships among friends and neighbors, life without cheap oil sets in — decentralized communications, much less night-time lighting, shared transit (jitneys, buses, bikes, horses, etc.), eating with the seasons and robust canning activities, little air transport and resurgence of sail merchant marine traffic, more radio; less tv and home / community entertainment, solar heating and wood fuel use, loss of electric grid (due to lack of maintenance and material access), and solar PV use until batteries fail. Nonetheless, life can be good for many, but we must start now preparing for cooperation and collaboration. For your next iteration, please include these types of details. Thank you.


    • D & G Says:

      Oh Gary, you are so gloomy. But, I suppose that is what you want, for people to freeze in the dark.

      I am nowhere near so pessimistic. However, on the other side, I am not a techno-optimist either.

      With some difficulties, especially for those who do not know how to cooperate or take care of themselves, we will get through the end of the petroleum era. Then we will deal with the end of coal. Sadly, no matter how bad global warming gets, it appears that no US President will just say no to our fossil fuel addiction.

      I am confident that in the end, humanity will have the necessary resources to get through the worldwide demographic bulge. Or, at least the rich, white (and maybe some yellow, no offense) northerners will do OK. And, as has already been proven, we will fight for every last drop.

      So, enjoy the ride. There is more to come after 2100.


  3. Christopher Fisher Says:

    Excellent graphic! It’ll make a great introduction to peak oil and energy depletion issues.


  4. Olaf Says:

    Hi, great work!
    Would it be ok to translate this? I mean, use the grafics, and replace all the text by translated text?


Leave a Reply