GWPI Distinguished Lecture: Out of gas: the end of the age of oil

Event Details

  • Speaker(s): David Goodstein
  • Date:
  • Time: 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Perimeter Institute - Michael Lazaridis Theatre of Ideas

The world will start to run out of cheap, conventionally produced oil much sooner than most people expect, possibly within the next decade. This talk will discuss the reasoning that leads to that conclusion and the likely consequences if it is correct. It may be possible, with considerable difficulty to substitute other fossil fuels for the missing oil, but if we do that we may do irreparable damage to the Earth's climate. And even then we would start to run out of all fossil fuels, including coal, probably within this century. Can civilization survive if that happens? We will consider the possibilities.