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A High Uintas Bookshelf

In this column we’ll list 2-4 interesting articles, books or the like that have caught our attention. They aren’t necessarily recent or recently read-- sort of a random compilation. Within a year, hopefully, we’ll have an established and detailed reading list. It won’t be complete without your additions. Please send suggestions and a descriptive sentence or two.

This issue's review is by Dick Carter.

Hubbert's Peak. The Impending World Oil Shortage. Kenneth S. Deffeyes. Princeton University Press. 2001.

This is a remarkable book by a former geology professor at Princeton University and Shell Oil geologist. For a subject of such depth, no pun intended, it is written with remarkable clarity, vigor and humor. This is a funny geologist, although the message isn't funny in the slightest!

Using exceptional writing skills and drawing on geology, statistics, calculus, and economics-- it is all painless and a wonderful learning experience-- the book drills home again and again that we know the age of hydrocarbons on a global scale is limited. Probably production and discoveries will begin a major decline this decade. It matters not a hoot of what the North Slope of Alaska, let alone the pittance on the North Slope of the Uintas, produces. With only one or two exceptions-- for example, the Central Asian Republics, the real reason behind the war in Afghanistan-- there simply are no major oil fields left to be discovered. His suggestion, in a letter to his two year old granddaughter, "Get into renewable energy. Look at the cornstalk the way a Chicago meatpacker used to look at a hog: sell everything but the squeal..."

It is a book that belongs on your bookshelf.


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