Shell's 'Signals and Signposts' Envisions Troubling Scenarios

Stephen C. Webster portrays Shell Oil's newest scenarios report as painting a difficult future for the world in the wake of peak oil.

Published: 16-Feb-2011

The industrial doomsday scenario put forward by peak oil theorists isn't just for far flung voices on the Internet anymore.

Peak oil is not a problem of Earth's supplies: there's plenty of oil in a variety of forms. The difficulty is in how much energy it takes to recover and process it. And if it hasn't happened already, soon the demand for energy commodities will soar past existing production capacity and crash headlong into the brick wall of declining discoveries.

The economic effects of this could be devastating to the human populations within industrialized societies, to say the least.

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