How can we slow down peak oil?
Peak oil is the point in time when the maximum rate of global petroleum extraction is reached, after which the rate of production enters terminal decline. The concept is based on the observed production rates of individual oil wells, and the combined production rate of a field of related oil wells.
We can slow down peak oil by having more "cash for clunkers" program. This is the only government sponsored program I have personally seen in my short existence that makes sense. If you want people to start the process of getting rid of the number one thing that consumes oil, cars and especially gas guzzling cars, pay the American public or give them huge incentives to get rid of them. This plan was brilliant. Should have been started in 2000. The government should give every citizen extreme incentives to get rid of all the Tahoes, Suburbans, Escalades, Expeditions, ect in the country. I have a Land Rover, love it, but it the incentive was high enough I would chunk it in a heartbeat.
There is no slowing of "peak oil" - that is, running out of easily found, extracted, processed, and distributed oil. Oil that can be put to use without requiring more oil to get it than is gotten.
All this reducing "carbon footprint", replacing comfortable cars with motorized shoe boxes, etc., is rampant stupidity. Every bit that is saved by being "environmentally conscious" is undone by the extra resources consumed by uncontrolled dropping of litters of human spawn. It's called rampant overpopulation. You want to save the environment? Spay and neuter.
BTW, that "cash for clunkers" is and will be a giant boondoggle. Obama, the Democrats, and even most Republicans are economic ignoramuses.
That "cash for clunkers" program epitomizes the "broken window" fallacy so well explained the Henry Hazlitt in his little book "Economics in One Lesson". Google it and/or look it up on Amazon.
But, it and similar will continue. Stupidity rules. And most people vote for it, being stupid themselves.
Alternative fuels for one.
Sure, we may not have anything as efficient as oil to use as fuel, but there is that saying, something is better than nothing. We just have to make sure we get more energy out of the alternative fuels than we have to put in.
Then there is the other side of the coin-manufacturing. We will have to use alternative materials in our production of anything that uses oil.
That's a start.
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