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What Happens If All The Oil Just Disappears?

Crude oil, or petroleum, is made of decaying organic matter which has been trapped underground, under intense heat and pressure, for millions of years. Oil is a nonrenewable resource; there’s only so much of it. You might have heard the term “peak oil” before. Most experts have predicted that peak oil will occur by 2020, and a lot of them say it’s already happened. But what if all the oil disappeared right now? How could we adapt? Let’s say tomorrow, all the oil in the ground was gone – wells dried up, underground reservoirs suddenly empty. Transportation would grind to a halt everywhere within weeks, and normal life would be impossible to live for most people. Trillions of dollars in oil stock would be suddenly worthless. Without oil, international trade would fall and economies around the world would shrink to a fraction of what they used to be.Today, there are about 7.6 billion people in the world, and all these people need a lot of food. So, with all the oil gone, where would we end up?

26 Comments on "What Happens If All The Oil Just Disappears?"

  1. "Lucifer" on Wed, 20th Jun 2018 1:29 pm 

    Hell would be a lot more busy that’s for sure.

  2. rockman on Wed, 20th Jun 2018 2:35 pm 

    Wasted space here on a foolish hypothetical IMHO that has no possibility of happening.

  3. Outcast_Searcher on Wed, 20th Jun 2018 3:10 pm 

    Agreed, rockman. The question I thought of when seeing this silliness was “What happens if all humans turn into Jabberwockies”? After all, that’s just as likely.

    Who is screening these articles? For an article to be useful it has to contain more than the word “oil”.

  4. Repent on Wed, 20th Jun 2018 6:17 pm 

    I didn’t like the before / after. It doesn’t get dark at night now? It won’t be daylight after?

  5. Go Speed Racer on Wed, 20th Jun 2018 7:32 pm 

    I like the photo. Reminds me of the
    1836 paintings, “Course of Empire”.
    Every Peak Oiler should have those
    on the living room walls.

    But no worries, when we run out of oil,
    we can still burn old sofa’s.

  6. Makati1 on Wed, 20th Jun 2018 7:44 pm 

    Go Speed, thanks for posting that reference. I read that a long time ago, but will reread it again later today. Most Americans believe that they are “exceptional” and ” indispensable” when they are really just another empire in collapse.

  7. Davy on Wed, 20th Jun 2018 7:50 pm 

    The US is indispensable to the status quo, 3rd world. I know hearing that hurts but it is true. If it were not true Asia would be a different Asia. In your little make believe world you can fantasize about it being gone but always when you wake up it is there. You are in a constant turmoil because of this and you comments are more and more pressured.

  8. Makati1 on Wed, 20th Jun 2018 7:56 pm 

    Davy chimes in with his usual bullshit, third grade putdowns and other meaningless posts. LMAO

  9. Davy on Wed, 20th Jun 2018 7:57 pm 

    3rd world chimes in with his usual denture flappin, senile putdowns and other mindless dementia.

  10. Makati1 on Wed, 20th Jun 2018 8:02 pm 

    Davy, back up your delusions with real references, not goatshit spews. America is a 3rd world country hiding behind lies and propaganda. The rest of the world is now seeing what is behind the curtain and they are turning away from the “Indispensable” country you so stupidly defend.

    The “status quo” is not going to last much longer. BAU is in the ICU on life support. The Fed’s printing presses are smoking and squeezing like a stuck pig. It is only a matter of time…

    Slip slidin’…

  11. Davy on Wed, 20th Jun 2018 8:13 pm 

    3rd world, google my many comments on the subject. You wear your emotions on your sleeves like a whining kid unable to view life with intellectual curiosity. You must have had a horrible life as an American and now you are having fits of rage. This rage explains my point more than words. You are sick with resentment and self-pity.

  12. Go Speed Racer on Wed, 20th Jun 2018 8:39 pm 

    We interrupt this flame thrower duel
    to the death,
    to bring you thanks and appreciation,
    to Makita, for trading notes.
    Was at Home Depot and saw your electric
    drills and sanders, Makita, they are the best.

    We now return you, to your regularly scheduled
    flamethrower battle to the death.

  13. Go Speed Racer on Wed, 20th Jun 2018 8:41 pm 

    Important cartoon

  14. JuanP on Wed, 20th Jun 2018 9:01 pm 

    Delusional Davy “The US is indispensable to the status quo, …”

    The exceptionalist needs no replying to. He is, just like his country, constantly engaged in self defeating behavior.

  15. Free Speech Forum on Wed, 20th Jun 2018 10:40 pm 

    Does anyone get the feeling that Americans will be wearing Mao suits and giving Nazi salutes soon?

  16. Makati1 on Wed, 20th Jun 2018 11:39 pm 

    Free, you could be correct. LOL

  17. tommytommywantshismommy on Thu, 21st Jun 2018 10:32 am 

    When does this occur? I need a date so i can mark it on my calendar.

  18. Antius on Thu, 21st Jun 2018 12:38 pm 

    This paper is fascinating in its implications.

    Fossil fuel air pollution kills millions of people every year worldwide. Radioactive pollution kills next to none – perhaps a few thousand over fifty years from Chernobyl and a few hundred over 50 years from Fukushima. Maybe 80 people per year on average, versus about 10,000-20,000 times that casualty rate from fossil fuel air pollution.

    If humanity were as relaxed about radioactive pollution as it were about fossil fuel air pollution, not only would we not have an energy crisis, but we would be well on our way to colonising the solar system by now. The Moon, Mars, Asteroids, the moons of Jupiter and Saturn; would all have growing human populations by now and Earth orbit would be home to millions of people. The idea of humanity dying due to resource depletion or facing a return to medieval lifestyles would be nothing more than a sick joke. Instead, we are stuck here and Mother Nature looks set to close the door on us forever.

    Time to bite the bullet folks and become what we are destined to be.

  19. Go Speed Racer on Thu, 21st Jun 2018 1:15 pm 

    Hi Mr Ants On Us,
    Yes isn’t it amazing when people are mistaken
    by 4 orders of magnitude. People think that
    nobody dies from fossil fuel pollution, meanwhile
    they think radioactive fallout is killing thousands.
    And it’s the other way around.

    My favorite is the “green” house wife, who is so
    concerns about the environment she wants to
    re-use her plastic grocery bag.

    The wall thickness of the grocery bag is Angstroms,
    and the whole bag weighs only a gram, perhaps.
    That’s a gram of hydrocarbons, in the bag.

    So she gets in the Cadillac Escalade, and drives
    15 Miles from the ranch, into town, to get a gallon of

    The Escalade has now burned 1 gallon of fuel, about
    6 pounds worth.

    Gets the gallon of milk, PROUDLY places the plastic bag
    on the counter and declares her plan to save the Earth,
    by re-using the plastic bag.

    Back into the Cadillac Escalade, drive home to the ranch,
    Now she has consumed 12 pounds of fuel,
    Call that 6 kilograms of hydrocarbond.

    Is she aware she just burnt 6000 grams of fuel,
    destroying the environment?
    Hell no. She is only aware of saving 1 gram
    of plastic. Smug that she saved the Earth that
    morning, back at the ranch. Pours the milk onto
    the Cheerios.
    Oblivious of being mistaken by a factor of 6000.

  20. Go Speed Racer on Thu, 21st Jun 2018 1:33 pm 

    By the way, the proposal to use
    “mini bombs” of fission fusion, to
    have cheap energy, is unnecessary.

    Mankind can have unlimited cheap
    energy, using molten salt
    (liquid fuel) Thorium reactors. The
    unlimited fuel isn’t Uraniun, it’s Thorium.

    This method of making energy will reliably
    fuel the entire planet, and for eternity,
    and with minimal atomic waste.

    And it works nicely, and has already been
    prototyped and run at the Megawatt level.
    Was run in the 1960’s.

    Because it’s VERY clear that this would
    provide unlimited cheap energy,
    The stupid greedy mentally retarded
    politicians will never allow the winning
    solution to be worked on.

    It’s only allowed to work on things that
    don’t actually work. Such as windmills
    and gerbil wheels with rubber band hooked
    to a little tiny generator. This makes the
    politicians happy because if the problem
    doesn’t get solved, then they feel important.

  21. Newfie on Thu, 21st Jun 2018 8:43 pm 

    What happens if the oil disappears ? Hordes of enraged brown people in Manila ransack high rise buildings where white foreigners live and toss them off the top floor for entertainment.

  22. Makati1 on Thu, 21st Jun 2018 8:53 pm 


    First: oil is not going to just “disappear”. The wind-down will be gradual and likely take decades. Filipinos only use Two Cups (One pint) per person per day vs the Us Two Gallons per day. Who will be in the most trouble?

    Second: Most of the Filipinos residing in Manila will go back to the provinces and live with their families on their land. Americans do not have that option.

    BTW: Is this MM’s new sock puppet? Sure sounds like it. MM goes to bed and Newfie appears.

  23. Pat on Fri, 22nd Jun 2018 8:23 pm 

    Actually there no ned for oil to disappear, only just the shortages of oil will be enough to end the world economy, bau. Already seeing the effects of decling worlds continuation of bau, economy with ever rising depletion, decling oil extraction, expensive, low quality, eroei, oil ageing giant oil fields and the rising oil shortages. the world trade wars(global to local economy, eventualy foodlines, RATIONING OF EVERYTING) is just the initial signals, ominous signs of end of oil age. God bless. Prepare…………………….

  24. Makati1 on Fri, 22nd Jun 2018 8:57 pm 

    Pat, “world economy”? Why do you assume that the collapse of the West will take down the entire world? The “collapse” will like;y be most painful to those which currently live high on the hog like Americans.

    High oil prices will eliminate much of the waste, but that doesn’t mean that it will collapse the whole system. I see it more as a reset and a new system replacing the current one. A trade system based on gold, for instance?

    However, yes, the American way of life will change dramatically and not for the better. Do you think that China will feel as much pain? Not from my viewpoint. Things will change. We just have to adjust. Do it now voluntarily or have the ladder pulled out from under you in the near future. That is the choice, as I see it.

  25. Pat on Fri, 22nd Jun 2018 9:30 pm 

    makati1, disagree what u said that bau can continue for long time. firstly i really like, agree with your analysis, views almost. the OPEC has said one very important comment, 2007-2008 oil hit 150 with shortfall of 2 mils and the recession. I see oil is only going much higher. The world has not much time. Prepare……..

  26. Makati1 on Fri, 22nd Jun 2018 10:04 pm 

    Pat, I bet you thought that in 2008. It is amazing what can happen unexpectedly, isn’t it? But then, all stats from governments are les these days. Especially the Us.

    If you are one of the trapped Americans, I can understand your viewpoint. It is based on the American’s perceived image of the Us being indispensable and exceptional. Therefore, when the Us goes down so does the rest of the world. Stumble, yes. Go down? I don’t think so. Guess we will have to wait and see.

    BTW: Oil is not going to suddenly drop to zero. I see it taking decades to get even close. Civilians will not have access but commerce and governments will. You will just live a lower level lifestyle.

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