The First Half of the Age of Oil

An Exploration of the Work of Colin Campbell and Jean Laherrère

  • Charles A. S. Hall
  • Carlos A. Ramírez-Pascualli

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Energy book series (BRIEFSENERGY)

Also part of the Energy Analysis book sub series (ENERGYANALYS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Charles A. S. Hall, Carlos A. Ramírez-Pascualli
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    Pages 19-27
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    Pages 55-69
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  11. Charles A. S. Hall, Carlos A. Ramírez-Pascualli
    Pages 115-123
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 125-127

About this book

Introduction

According to the conventional wisdom, we live in a post-industrial information age. This book, however, paints a different picture: We live in the age of oil. Petroleum fuels and feedstocks are responsible for much of what we take for granted in modern society, from chemical products such as fertilizer and plastics, to the energy that moves people and goods in a global economy.  Oil is a nearly perfect fuel: Energy dense, safe to store, easy to transport, and mostly environmentally benign. Most importantly, oil has been cheap and abundant during the past 150 years. In 1998, two respected geologists, Colin Campbell and Jean Laherrère, published a detailed article announcing that the “end of cheap oil” would happen before 2010, which meant that the world would face a peak, or at least a plateau, in global daily oil production in the first decade of the new millennium. Today, two billion people under the age of 14 have lived the majority of their lives past the point when this century-long growth in oil supplies came to an end, which also marks the end of the first half of the age of oil. This transition has ushered in a new reality of high oil prices, stagnating oil supplies, and sluggish economies. In this book, a leading authority on energy explores the contributions and continuing legacy of Colin Campbell and Jean Laherrère, the two geologists who modified the terms of the debate about oil. The book provides a unique perspective and state-of-the-art overview of today’s energy reality and its enormous economic and social implications.

-  Covers a topic that eclipses climate change as the most important but least understood challenge for contemporary society

-  Explores the works of Colin Campbell and Jean Laherrère, the leading authorities in the field of Peak Oil, authors of “The End of Cheap Oil” (Scientific American, 1998), and founding members of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil & Gas

-  Addresses a broad audience of scientists, engineers, and economists in a format that is accessible to the general public

-  Provides a complete overview of the basic geological, chemical, physical, economic and historical concepts that every oil consumer should understand

-  Presents the latest information on oil production, reserves, discoveries, prices, and fields in easy-to-understand graphs and plots

Keywords

ASPO ASPO, history of Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas Colin Campbell End of cheap oil End of cheap oil revisited First half age of oil Global oil production Hubbert's curve Jean Laherrère M. King Hubbert Oil and society Oil industry, history of Other side of the peak Peak oil retrospective Peak oil, history of Petroleum production alternative energy sources cheap oil economics of oil energy return on energy invested global peak oil

Authors and affiliations

  • Charles A. S. Hall
    • 1
  • Carlos A. Ramírez-Pascualli
    • 2
  1. 1.College of Environmental, Science & ForestryState University of New YorkSYRACUSEUSA
  2. 2., College of Environmental Science and ForState University of New YorkSyracuseUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6064-0
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Energy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-6063-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-6064-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-5520
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-5539
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