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Running out of petro

Just saw a documentary that we're running out of oil reserves (at least those that are worth drilling).

We use oil for our cars (gasoline), plastic, nylon, and other everyday things.

If we run out of oil within the next 10 to 15 years, how do you think civilization is going to adapt?

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Asked by Anonymous at 8:44 AM on Sep. 3, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

Answers (12)
  • Running out my a$$, just saying that so they can raise the prices even more.


    Answer by Anonymous at 8:46 AM on Sep. 3, 2009

  • Back in the seventies, we were told the world would be out of oil before the year 2000. Yet we are still pumping away, even without touching and giant fields in the arctic or doing off-shore drilling in the US.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:11 AM on Sep. 3, 2009

  • We wont adapt if we don't start moving quickly towards green energy, and inventing new products that don't rely on oil in the production process. However, there are certain members in our society, and in congress that are holding us back.


    Answer by SRiveroC at 9:17 AM on Sep. 3, 2009

  • BP just hit an oil reserve in the Gulf, they've been looking at it since May of '08. Bingo, the portfolio loves it for the 4Q report.
    And if we go to electric cars, I'll be ready to cash in on that money train too. :]

    Answer by jewjewbee at 9:19 AM on Sep. 3, 2009

  • of course we will adapt SRiver. People have adapted to everything else over history. One way we will adapt is to drill more in our own country where the reserves are shut down for the environmentalists. Some of you act like we have been using oil for cars for thousands and thousands of years......automobiles have only been around since the early 1900's, and with technology moving at the pace it is I am sure a new mode of transportation will be along. That is if the gov't doesn't stifle all creativity in its effort to make everyone spread the wealth.....


    Answer by momof030404 at 9:43 AM on Sep. 3, 2009

  • I feel we need to drill our own reserves AND explore alternative energy, not one or the other. Even as we discover and produce new forms of energy, we will still need oil during the transition time, and I prefer that we use our own rather than purchase it from the middle east.

    Answer by mancosmomma at 9:50 AM on Sep. 3, 2009

  • Everytime someone on the right answers one of these questions they say, "oh we can just drill.

    North America only holds about 16% of the worlds oil reserves, and part of that belongs to Canada. Do you know how long that would last if we were cut off from foreign oil today? 8 years approx.

    8 years with all the stonewalling that the right does, is not a whole lot of time to reinvent the way we do most things. Do you realize how many things we use oil for? We need to start this NOW. This goes beyone drilling, which will do, little good.


    Answer by SRiveroC at 10:24 AM on Sep. 3, 2009

  • WE are NOT running out of reserves. Where have you been? For the past 2 years we have used less than ever and have had our reserves built up. Don't believe everything you hear on TV. Do your own research.
    There is no shortage of oil in this world and the only way we will be without is to stopdrilling or buying from international sources. Obama is finding out it is harder and more expensive to implement his greening of the world project as evidenced by his communist green job czar who hasn't figured out how to make a green job after 8 months in the position.
    Oil is going nowhere.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 10:55 AM on Sep. 3, 2009

  • However, there are certain members in our society, and in congress that are holding us back.

    SRiveroC...WOW you are absolutely correct! It is a real shame our CONGRESS spent stimulus money on things like marshmice, turtle tunnels and studies to determine why drunk gay men have unprotected sex when they could have put that money toward developing a NEW form of energy.

    Sweet and I had a brief conversation about new energy last night. She had an uncle that worked on superconductors and apparently it looked promising. Yet, it isn't being pursued aggressively.

    This country developed the bomb and put a man on the moon! They did both in a shockingly short time. Why can't we put this same energy toward the developing of a new energy. Not solar or wind either because they have too many limitations. I am talking about something new and powerful. And yes, it could even be green!

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 11:39 AM on Sep. 3, 2009

  • OP, they just announced the discovery of a HUGE new field yesterday. Yes, one day we will run out. However, we still have time to find a suitable and reliable replacement. We just can't waste that time on unrealistic projects.

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 11:41 AM on Sep. 3, 2009

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