Rolf Muertter

The Party's Over: Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies

We're running out of oil, but politicians don't like to talk about it because it's a problem they can't solve. That's why you hardly ever hear about it in the media. But those who should know best, retired and independent petroleum geologists, believe that we will run out of oil much sooner than economists and politicians try to make us believe. It is commonly believed that we can solve this problem by switching to renewable energy sources. The problem with this is that we are still several decades away from being able to satisfy most of our energy needs with renewable sources, but we are going to reach the peak of oil production much sooner, probably between 2006 and 2015, and demand is still increasing. The book was published in 2003, and now, September 2004, it looks like we may already be close to that point. This will lead to increasingly intense competition for a dwindling resource, resulting in more conflicts, and ultimately the demise of industrial societies.

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