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The Oracle of Oil: A Maverick Geologists Quest for a Sustainable Future Mason Inman

The Oracle of Oil: A Maverick Geologists Quest for a Sustainable Future

Mason Inman

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ISBN : 9780393239683
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432 pages
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In 1956, geophysicist and Shell Oil researcher Marion King Hubbert forecast that American oil production would peak surprisingly soon and decline steadily thereafter. Hubbert’s prediction outraged the architects of the U.S. oil industry at the time,MoreIn 1956, geophysicist and Shell Oil researcher Marion King Hubbert forecast that American oil production would peak surprisingly soon and decline steadily thereafter. Hubbert’s prediction outraged the architects of the U.S. oil industry at the time, but it was largely correct. Even amid a twenty-first century shale boom, Hubbert’s logic remains a source of debate and controversy.In a richly researched narrative that surveys Hubbert’s papers and correspondence for the first time, award-winning journalist Mason Inman rescues the history of a man who shocked the scientific community with his brilliance, eccentricity, and controversy. The Oracle of Oil shows Hubbert as a man of hisera: a time of great intellectual ferment and discovery tinged by dark undercurrents of intellectual witch hunts.In its portrait of a man whose prescient ideas about sustainability still resonate today, The Oracle of Oil looks to the past to find a guiding philosophy for our energy future.