Once we discovered how useful it was, it took us 125 years to use the first trillion barrels of oil.
Analysts are predicting that we will use the second trillion in 30 years.
But we might not have enough oil to use the third trillion. According to a recent article in the National Geographic magazine, mainstream oil experts are now agreeing with the mavericks who said five years ago that oil production will peak worldwide by 2015. That’s not because people won’t want to buy it, but because it’s getting harder to find, and harder and more expensive to produce.
That means that green technologies – some of which we already know like wind and wave and solar energy – and some that still await invention by the ingenious and creative – will be more and more sought after.
Maybe knowing we’re running out of oil is good news after all.