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Discovery Channel wrote:May 11, 2009 -- Forget peak oil -- a series of new estimates of the world's coal supply suggests reserves may be vastly overestimated, and if the planet isn't running on a majority of alternative energies within the next few decades, we could be facing an unprecedented global energy crisis.
On the flip side, a dwindling supply of coal could also throw the breaks on global warming, some argue.
Common knowledge about coal is that major producing nations like China, the United States and Australia, have enough to last hundreds of years, far beyond the reach of oil, which may already be in its twilight years. But worldwide coal production could plateau as early as 2025, according to one new estimate, and a growing group of scientists are concerned that fossil fuel supplies may begin dwindling by mid-century.
Tanada wrote:I picked climate change because I think power down or reduce/reuse/recycle will gets us through PO to the less well lit but still livable world. Climate Change on the other hand is the 900 pound Gorilla that is gonna kick out civilization into itsy bitsy bits if we keep poking it with sticks like GH gasses and particulate pollution.
Bas wrote:no Eastbay, it is the US that still tries to emulate oldstyle European politics while thats obsolete everywhere but in the US.
mark wrote:Climate change is a hoax. pay attention to the science, not the hype. Peak oil is a symptom... figure out what and you'll have answered one of life's biggest questions. We'll all be the better for it, eventually.
Re: What is more urgent, Climate Change or Peak Oil?
vtsnowedin wrote: Remove the people problem and a changing climate will effect no one
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