"When Oil Supplies Run Out, Civilisation Will Collapse" Agree or Disagree?

Topics: Energy development, Peak oil, Nuclear power Pages: 4 (1423 words) Published: March 15, 2007
"When oil supplies run out, civilisation will collapse" Agree or disagree?

Oil, coal and natural gas are all fossil fuels. They have been created through millions of years of abiotic material being deposited, heated and compressed- they are finite sources. It took several millions of years to create the world's oil fields, and no new oil is being produced, indicating the obvious fact that eventually there will be no more for us to use; and with the human race increasingly consuming the finite resources- which had remained untouched for millions of years- this evident crisis is looming closer and closer.

It is impossible to know exactly when the first oil was discovered and people realised that they could burn it, but estimates show that it was probably near to 10,000 ago. The first man to ever drill for oil was an American named Drake. In Pennsylvania, 1859, Drake drilled a well and eventually struck oil. Within the next 60 to 70 years, more and more people were going in search of oil and they found it in abundance. 75 years after this, scientists began to unravel the hidden strengths of oil.

Today, the rumours of an almost depleted oil supply are becoming more and more frequent; but they are also becoming increasingly true. Geologists, scientists and the governments of the world have thoroughly debated this issue and have so far presented us with no solid solution. However, they all seem to have made a ‘silent agreement' that there is no way to prevent this crisis from occurring, we can only make sure that we are as prepared as we can be for the dramatic changes that are likely to be asked of us.

As always there are two sides to this debate- how severe will the consequences be? They can either be accepted as a window of opportunity for fundamental changes to our economy and society, and the wielding of a new age where, hopefully, the human race will be in a position to live with the resources of the earth; not against them; or as apocalyptic- the end...
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