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  •  What gets me about this whole thing... (1+ / 0-)
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    is that the only way to actually deny the certainty of peak oil is to pretend oil is something it's not, e.g. renewable. Only the looniest fringe element goes there. Right? So we know it's coming and the only question is when.  

    How selfish is it to think that the possibility that you might be dead before the affects are felt is a reason to think it's nothing to concern yourself with?

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    by Darwinian Detritus on Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 08:34:43 PM PST

    •  But corporations are psychopaths with ... (1+ / 0-)
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      ... no certainty of mortality but foreshortened decision horizons, so "this pushes the peak off by a decade, which we are already partway through" is quite a long postponement for their focus on the quarterly profit statement.

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      by BruceMcF on Mon Jan 13, 2014 at 04:07:39 AM PST

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    •  Oil is most certainly renewable... (0+ / 0-)

      ...just not at anything approaching the rate at which it is extracted and consumed.  The geological processes continue.

      Oil gains come from technologically locating and recovering oil quantities not commercially viable previously.  Oil recovered remains a tiny percentage of oil in place.

      •  Our technical term for renewable ... (0+ / 0-)

        ... is an energy flow that is produced by recurrent processes.

        The fact that geological process can make more petroleum if we wait enough millions of years for it to happen does not mean that the existing stocks of petroleum are themselves renewable.

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        by BruceMcF on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 08:39:35 PM PST

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