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Peak Oil Per Capita

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A reader asks to see a graph of global oil supply per capita – here it is.  The global population data are from the US census bureau, and the oil supply data are from ASPO through 1979 and EIA total liquids after that (the two sources agree to within a percent or so in the overlap).

If you were wondering why things have never been the same after the 1970s energy crises – now you know.  On the other hand, if you’ve been panicking that peak oil means the imminent end of civilization – settle down.  In a per-person sense it happened decades ago and we’ve been living in the aftermath ever since.  Peak oil is a slow squeeze.

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3 Comments on "Peak Oil Per Capita"

  1. Alex Fiedler on Wed, 21st Sep 2011 3:09 am 

    The graph suggests that since the 70s oil crisis, the per capita demand for oil has been globally rationed. If that’s not too tin-foil a suggestion…It just is too flat a curve.

  2. BillT on Wed, 21st Sep 2011 10:31 am 

    I would be interested in the statistics used to plot this graph…my common sense says it is doctored.

  3. tbgord on Wed, 21st Sep 2011 1:02 pm 

    Hmmm, so for all the 2nd and 3rd world countries NOT using oil, this would likely mean that the average oil use per capita for the 1st world is likely at least double that rate.

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