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Peak Oil Infographic

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A simple infographic created with BBH and GQ, and the art director Todd Bois that shows our journey to peak oil and beyond.

13 Comments on "Peak Oil Infographic"

  1. Theedrich on Sun, 12th May 2019 1:37 am 

    There are no “alternative sources of energy.”  We have already run out of time.

    After pointing out the “false picture of the situation at hand,” and that the purported “benefits of wind and solar have been greatly exaggerated,” Gail Tverberg concludes:

    “[T]here is a need to consider the physics of how an economy really operates:  Energy consumption cannot be reduced significantly at the world level without increasing the probability of collapse or a major war.”

    She also writes (responding to comments) that the end is near:

    “I am guessing that 2019 could be the year that energy consumption per capita starts turning down, with the cutbacks by OPEC in oil production, because prices are too low.  If not 2019, it could be 2020.”


    Moreover, the outer-space fantasies of Bezos and other billionaires looking for financial backing from governments and rich ignorami are the ultimate snake oil scheme.  These scammers and the often clueless politicians who obscure and drown out the facts of history and science only aggravate the chaos to come.  There is no way to escape our planet to some astronomical heaven and avoid the reality necessarily implicit in reducing global energy consumption, no matter how well meant.

    In short, no linguistic contortion will extract mankind from the jaws of evolution.  Nor will “American values,” let alone “American interests.”

  2. Chrome Mags on Sun, 12th May 2019 2:34 am 

    “[T]here is a need to consider the physics of how an economy really operates: Energy consumption cannot be reduced significantly at the world level without increasing the probability of collapse or a major war.”

    That’s an inescapable fact. My opinion is collapse or shades of collapse leads to a major war and that’s just as inescapable, due to human nature; the commensurately greater aggressive approach depending on the crisis. Global economic collapse therefore garners the most aggressive reaction possible.

    Human beings are for the most part unable to accept their fate, instead lashing out to blame some one or some other country when things go wrong. It happens domestically as one party blames the other for the debt, yet both contribute, yet neither takes responsibility for it. And neither will any country take responsibility for an economic crisis. When push comes to shove no one wants to admit to being wrong, so when things go really wrong, guess what, someone else is to blame and internationally that will lead to war.

    In a sense that will be merciful, as a protracted period of starving would be extremely harsh. Better to pull that band aid off fast, to carpet bomb the masses back into the dark ages or non existence.

  3. Cloggie on Sun, 12th May 2019 2:58 am 

    Fascinating. The graph illustrates that the US geopolitical mega-success in the 20th century is strongly tied to oil. We already knew that. What it also shows is that Americans have great trouble imagining a future beyond oil. No oil, no civilization, as the reasoning goes.

    The infographic above deals with the past. The infographic below represents the future:

    There is no physical law that prohibits to aim at a solar economy. All it takes is the equivalent of a small country like Bulgaria (100,000km2), projected for instance onto the Sahara, covered with solar panels to replace the entire global fossil energy consumption of today. With 7 billion hands, that’s doable. It’s about 14 m2 solar panel per capita. Half can be replaced with huge offshore wind turbines of 15 MW.

    The 90-100% renewable energy policy of the EU is the correct way forward. Getting rid of most of the fossil fuel consumption by 2050 is a realistic target; perhaps it takes 5-10 years more, so what.

    Renewable energy is a perfect chance for Africa to finally escape from poverty by specializing itself on solar energy and its superb solar conditions to become the world’s major hydrogen producer, replacing hydro-carbons of today. Finance and panels can come from Eurasia, cheap labor from Africa.

    All the technology required is already sufficient mature today, except for storage. Electrolysers on the market today have an efficiency of 50%, in the laboratory 75% has already been achieved and more is possible.

    In the long term there is no energy problem. Abundant energy can literally be produced out of thin air.

  4. Cloggie on Sun, 12th May 2019 3:10 am 


    Historic largest electrolyzers in Norway ca 150 MW:

    State-of-the-art electrolysis Europe:

    Dutch 20 MW electrolysis installation:

    Efficiency electrolysis now:

    – Alkaline technology 70%
    – PEM technology 80%
    – 82-86% by 2030
    – Theoretical upper limit 94%

  5. Cloggie on Sun, 12th May 2019 3:16 am 

    Electrolysis already cost-competitive:

    With technology today, available renewable electricity can be converted into hydrogen with an efficiency of 80% and 5-6 cent all-in cost per kWh.

    British electrolyser company ITM working on 100 MW installation:


    State-of-the-art catalyst technology electrolysis:

    Siemens PEM technology:

    90% storage efficiency with combination of battery and electrolysis:

    High-temperature electrolysis at 82% efficiency:

  6. Cloggie on Sun, 12th May 2019 3:21 am 

    The transition pays for itself if we abandon private car ownership and replace it with a per km much cheaper national “autonomous driving robot”. The freed funds can be used to pay for the transition.

  7. Cloggie on Sun, 12th May 2019 5:22 am 

    Germany looking jealously to Holland:


    “Why the Dutch can protect the climate and we don’t”

    “Pragmatic, fast and efficient”

    The Germans are way ahead of the Dutch when it comes to installing renewable energy capacity. Reason: Holland had a lot of natural gas and didn’t want to be stuck with stranded fossil assets that were relatively clean (50% less CO2 per kWh). They had the luxury they could postpone the transition and conveniently wait for prices to come down first.

    Now natural gas production urgently needs to be curtailed due to serious soil subsidence. The Groningen province is literally “cracking up”.

    No problem. Hydrogen is next, an ideal combination with the existing very developed national natural gas network. In ten years time, the Groningen once-natural-gas-province (once 9th largest field in the world) will be a major global hydrogen hub, as promoted by the minister of economic affairs ir. Eric Wiebes, who luckily is a Delft engineer and thoroughly understands technology:

    The German energy transition is currently stalling, not because of lack of funds or lack of public-political support in general, but because of a local stubborn and not-too-bright not-in-my-backyard resistance against essential new power lines and lack of storage policy from Berlin.

    Holland can play a major front-runner role in developing essential new storage technology, a scene I know intimately myself from within and will join full-time after my current solid state physics stint, and secure the Dutch wealth of the future, post natural gas and take the planet by storm:

  8. Famlin on Sun, 12th May 2019 12:36 pm 

    Ideally a 1 passenger car should be designed and powered with electric motor for the 1st 50 miles (80 km) with the remaining distance coming from a small engine.

    90% of the vehicle trips are with 1 passenger and this type of vehicle can be affordable and also cut the fuel drastically.

    It will protect the passenger from sun,rain,snow and provide all comforts like heat,cool,radio etc.

    I hope some company will design this type of car soon. After all when plugins can become successful, this type of vehicles can also.

    I think google/apple may launch this type of car as a ride service.

  9. Famlin on Sun, 12th May 2019 12:40 pm 

    Part of coal is converted into Methanol and blended into petrol in china.
    And this part is included in oil and excluded from coal.
    If we reverse, then coal is the worlds #1 energy source with oil being #2.
    Oil companies are fooling us.

  10. Theedrich on Mon, 13th May 2019 3:47 am 

    Cloggie’s info on new energy tech is encouraging.  But the Dutch are an extraordinary people — I recall reading in a physics book that they might have produced more physics Nobel-prize winners than any other nation.  Germany — in my opinion because of the loss of WW2 and having long been force-fed Yid-Anglo guilt propaganda — has become deeply neurotic with virtue-signalling.  Thus, my friends there are obsessed not just with Weltschmerz-causing guilt over the holojoke, but have no objection to going extinct ASAP.  Any other attitude will land one in prison.  This entails their opposition to nuclear power of even the safest kind, and their embrace of ultimately inefficient windmills and solar panels.

    The greatest danger right now is Frau Merkel-Sauer’s importation of vast numbers of insatiable Sand Negroes and other World3 trash to replace kinderfeindlich (anti-childbearing) Germans.  With today’s huge intra-European overload of primitives hungering for Whitey’s goodies, it is questionable whether even the creative Dutch will be able to survive the invasion of those ravenous parasites and murderous predators.

    Furthermore, it seems doubtful to me whether any new energy developments from anywhere can be scaled up fast enough to satisfy the entire globe (remember:  average IQ, 82) in time to avoid the Seneca cliff.  Still, one does best to keep an open mind.  In my view, the only realistic attitude possible is best expressed by the old Roman adage, “dum spiro, spero” (“as long as I breathe, I hope”).

  11. Davy on Mon, 13th May 2019 4:30 am 

    If the Dutch are so wonderful why are they still just a postage stamp nation on a sinking land mass on the edge of a rising ocean? It is not like they have not had hundreds of years to take over the world. OH, I know what cloggo would say. LOL. It is all the multicult Anglos fault. Always excuses from white racist. I am white and proud of it but not proud of excuses and whining I see from lame white men. I think maybe white men need to get a backbone and not the traditional male warrior one. A real backbone is leadership with humility.

  12. Walter Haugen on Mon, 13th May 2019 8:45 am 

    I am amazed there are still a few people who think renewables are a solution. We are headed for collapse. Best get out of the USA if you can. If you cannot, at least get out of the city and learn some new skills that will actually benefit you in the postmodern, post-collapse world.

  13. Duncan Idaho on Mon, 13th May 2019 9:18 am 


    The Fat Boy is getting his ass kicked.
    But he has been bankrupt 6 times.

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