The End of Oil

Paul Roberts tackles head-on the issue that
makes engineers, economists and politicians
alike wake up in a cold sweat — what do we
do when the oil runs out?

The End of Oil: Paul Roberts  

Bloomsbury, £8.99  

Roberts tackles head-on the issue that makes engineers, economists and politicians alike wake up in a cold sweat — what do we do when the oil runs out?   In truth, as the author points out, this is a question of huge importance to humanity as a whole, given the tremors that even a modest rise in the price of oil can send through the world economy. 

If we think the temporary price spikes of the 70s were grim, what would a prolonged meltdown feel like? Could we break our dependency on oil? If so, how long have we got to do it and, perhaps most crucially, what are the technologies that will take its place?  

Roberts does full justice to the epic nature of his subject — this is no woollyheaded environmentalist’s rant.

He places technical advances in areas such as fuel cells and renewables in the context of the major shifts in attitudes by big businesses, governments and entire societies that will be needed to bridge the gap between now and a less oil-addicted future.  

Andrew Lee  

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