The Future of Fossil Fuels: From Hubbert's Peak

Princeton University Press
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As debates about the effects of fossil fuels on our climate and foreign policy intensify, the question of just how much longer we can depend on this finite source of energy becomes more and more pressing. This selection from Hubbert's Peak, the leading book on the limits of our oil supply, forecasts what the future will bring for fossil fuels and what the alternatives are likely to be.

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Kenneth S. Deffeyes is professor emeritus at Princeton University. Prior to teaching, he worked alongside M. King Hubbert at the Shell Oil research laboratory in Houston.
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Princeton University Press
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Published on
Sep 29, 2008
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30
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ISBN
9781400841134
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English
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Nature / Natural Resources
Science / Earth Sciences / General
Science / Earth Sciences / Geology
Technology & Engineering / Petroleum
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