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Hubbert's Peak: The Impending World Oil Shortage - Revised and Updated Edition Hardcover – Sep 24 2001

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; Revised edition edition (Sept. 24 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691090866
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691090863
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 449 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,842,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2002

Honorable Mention for the 2001 Award for Best Professional/Scholarly Book in Geography and Earth Science, Association of American Publishers

Deffeyes has reached a conclusion with far-reaching consequences for the entire industrialized world. . . . The conclusion is this: in somewhere between two and six years from now, worldwide oil production will peak. After that, chronic shortages will become a way of life. The 100-year reign of King Oil will be over.---Fred Guterl, Newsweek

A most readable handbook. . . . If [Deffeyes] is right we have, at most, two or three years in which to prepare for yet another price shock, and to accelerate our move away from oil as fuel. The strength of the book lies in its solid background and well-explained basis for that single prediction.---Stuart Young, Nature

Deffeyes makes a persuasive case. . . . This is an oilman and geologist's assessment of the future, grounded in cold mathematics. And it's frightening.---Paul Raeburn, Scientific American

An important new book.---Robert Kuttner, Boston Globe

The story behind Hubbert's analysis--is told with engaging wit, humor, and great insight. . . . Deffeyes writes with the taut reasoning of a scientist and the passion of someone raised in the industry. . . . His background is ideal for the subject, and the book is a gem. . . . Read Hubbert's Peak.---Brian J. Skinner, American Scientist

[Some] experts . . . worry that the global peak in production will come in the next decade. . . . A heavyweight has now joined this gloomy chorus. Kenneth Deffeyes argues in a lively new book that global oil production could peak as soon as 2004. (The Economist)

A persuasive prophecy. Hubbert's story is important and needs to be told. I suspect that historians in years to come will recognise Hubbert's Peak as a historical turning point.---Tim Burnhill, New Scientist

Deffeyes, using Hubbert's methodology, shows that the trajectory of world reserves is closely following the pattern of U.S. discovery and depletion, with just a few decades' lag. Drilling deeper, in more remote locations, and with more elaborate technologies won't tap reserves that don't exist. . . . America's energy policy needs to tilt away from oil and in favor of conservation, new technology, and domestic renewables. The time to act is now, before the next wave of gas lines and rationing is upon us.---Robert Kuttner, Business Week

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"This book is important in that it is addressed to the general public, which is overwhelmingly ignorant of the fundamentals of earth's resources and basic economics. It will be very useful to teachers, news media personnel, and public policy makers." (Craig W. Van Kirk, Colorado School of Mines)

"The timing of this book is excellent. Energy issues will be heard with increasing frequency during the next five years, and the general public will be looking for information with which they can make sense of changes in energy supply and prices." (Robert K. Kaufmann, Boston University)

"I read this book with pleasure and profit, learning a great deal painlessly." (Robert M. Solow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

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