It has often been said that, if the human species fails to make a go of it here on Earth, some other species will take over the running. In the sense of developing high intelligence this is not correct. We have, or soon will have, exhausted the necessary physical prerequisites so far as this planet is concerned. With coal gone, oil gone, high-grade metallic ores gone, no species however competent can make the long climb from primitive conditions to high-level technology. This is a one-shot affair. If we fail, this planetary system fails so far as intelligence is concerned. The same will be true of other planetary systems. On each of them there will be one chance, and one chance only.
— Sir Fred Hoyle, 1964
Are we there? Have we reached Peak Oil, or the time where our energy consumption begins to outstrip supply, where annual discovery of new oil reserves is less than the annual demand increase?
- Professor Gerald Cecil from UNC Chapel Hill has a lot to say on the matter.
- Then there are the alarmists
- Oh, and don’t forget the heads in the sand.
Talk amongst yourselves.