|Attention Thelma & Louise|
Take peak oil arithmetic: o = s - u, where s is the total finite supply of oil available, u is the current amount already used by civilization, and o is the total remaining oil still available for use.
It ought to be clear to a fifth grader that as u increases, o diminishes to eventually equate to "half used up".
The term "half used up" is just another way of saying the "peak oil" point, because from then on the amount of oil available, o, is always going to be less than half of what was originally available, and is always going down even further, so long as oil is still being used.
Regular readers know that Dredd Blog has had a series going that describes a way we can deal with what the scientist in the video at the end of this post calls "a liquid fuel problem."
Be sure to watch the video for an insight into what will happen if we do not heed the "bridge is out ahead" signs.
You may want to review the other posts in this series beginning with A Methanol Economy Way Out of Here.
In addition to the methanol potential, a new government study says that 80% of electrical energy could be green by 2050.
The previous post in this series is here.