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Could this be the future? It might be if the world doesn't make a concerted effort to replace dwindling oil supplies someday with sustainable alternatives and innovation.

Sixty Days One Summer

What happens if we don't prepare for the end of the oil age, while crushing the future?

By EV World

It all began with a seemingly unimportant headline out of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. As the Kingdom's oil production began to shrink, the government had been forced to cut its social services to meet its IMF and World Bank loans. What would evolve over the next sixty days would transform the world.

"Sixty Days" is a fictional scenario of what might just happen in the wake of a crisis in Saudi Arabia, as told by Chip Haynes, the writer and narrator. While it paints a bleak, but plausible picture of life at the onset of the post-oil peak world, it also assumes that the world hasn't prepared for this eventuality, which is, of course, a distinct possibility.

However, heeding the early warning signals of flat oil production globally, no new major oil field discoveries in the last year, oil and gas company revised reserve estimates, and increasing competition for oil by developing nations like China and India, should spur all nations to hasten the development of alternatives.

The question is, will they? Will we? The answer isn't entirely clear at the moment. Public acceptance of hybrid-electric car technology is building at a surprising pace, as is interest in hydrogen and fuel cell technology, both promising signs, as is the recent shipment of the first commercially-produced cellulosic ethanol and the growing use of biodiesel.

On the negative side of the ledger is the decision by Ford and General Motors to recall and crush the small number of battery electric vehicles they grudingly built for the California Zero Emission Vehicle mandate. Here were vehicles that use no imported gasoline or emit any local air pollution, while providing their owners with sufficient utility to win their undisputed loyalty, as explained in a recent CBS Evening News report featuring EV World contributor, Dave Raboy.

Listen to both programs by clicking the MP3 Player links at the right. We know you'll enjoy them both. "Sixty Days" is 25 minutes long, while "Goodbye My EV" is 2:10.

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Published: 15-May-2004

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