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Children of the Sun: A History of Humanity’s Unappeasable Appetite for Energy (review)

Children of the Sun: A History of Humanity’s Unappeasable Appetite for Energy (review) Book Reviews Children of the Sun: A History of Humanity's Unappeasable Appetite for Energy. By alfred w. crosby. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2006. 208 pp. $23.95 (cloth). Let's begin with a short and nasty quiz: for how many people does the name Marion King Hubbert ring a bell? To geologists and oil experts, this name is well known. But although the realization of his theory about the future of the world's oil reserves might soon have an immense impact on the lives of each and every person on this planet, many have not yet heard about him or about the phenomenon he envisaged, commonly termed "Peak Oil." Hubbert assumed that for any given geographical area, from a single oil field to the whole planet, the rate of petroleum extraction over time would resemble a bell curve. Based on his theory, in 1956 he made the prediction that US oil production would reach its peak sometime between the late 1960s and the early 1970s. His prediction came true in 1970: since then, US oil production has constantly declined. Furthermore, Hubbert predicted that the world's total oil production would peak somewhere around the end of the twentieth http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of World History University of Hawai'I Press

Children of the Sun: A History of Humanity’s Unappeasable Appetite for Energy (review)

Journal of World History , Volume 19 (4) – Jan 16, 2008

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Book Reviews Children of the Sun: A History of Humanity's Unappeasable Appetite for Energy. By alfred w. crosby. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2006. 208 pp. $23.95 (cloth). Let's begin with a short and nasty quiz: for how many people does the name Marion King Hubbert ring a bell? To geologists and oil experts, this name is well known. But although the realization of his theory about the future of the world's oil reserves might soon have an immense impact on the lives of each and every person on this planet, many have not yet heard about him or about the phenomenon he envisaged, commonly termed "Peak Oil." Hubbert assumed that for any given geographical area, from a single oil field to the whole planet, the rate of petroleum extraction over time would resemble a bell curve. Based on his theory, in 1956 he made the prediction that US oil production would reach its peak sometime between the late 1960s and the early 1970s. His prediction came true in 1970: since then, US oil production has constantly declined. Furthermore, Hubbert predicted that the world's total oil production would peak somewhere around the end of the twentieth

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Published: Jan 16, 2008

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