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  1. #1 oil wells what happens when they all run out??? 
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    im curious as to when all the oil wells will run out does any1 know???
    also i want to know what happens when all hte oil does run out will there be nuclear power or what like what plans are in place or is the government just saying like htey did before it isnt out problem so lets cross that bridge when we get to it???????????????????????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????


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    No one really has any idea when or if crude will even run out. Up to today, it is simply the cheapest available source for energy, at least in transportation. Very little is used for power or the generation of power, in the first place.

    Try considering markets, when discussing when things will change. No one is neglecting future generations, which is behind National Dependency and Environmental Concerns for the reason to convert to alternative or renewable sources. The infrastructure for transportation of goods and service are massive and complex, requiring time and the additional cost to become effective in any change, far beyond your wildest imagination.

    The simple answer, would be 2-300 years as whats already bing done continues to decrease the use of crude or possibly never as alternatives become the norm and less and less is crude is used.


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    As Jackson says, no one really knows. There's lots of oil left in the ground, but it's increasingly deep, cold, thick, mixed with sand, remote, or locked up in shale, so it gets progressively more expensive to extract, transport and refine. At the same time its net energy value decreases because increasing amounts of energy have to be used to extract, transport and refine it.

    Governments are struggling with what to do for the future, as you must know if you read the papers or watch the news. The answers they come up with will depend largely on us, the consumers.
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    Iran will be free from threat! Perhaps the whole world!!!!!!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sak
    Iran will be free from threat! Perhaps the whole world!!!!!!!!!!
    I dunno. Iran is trying to develop into big-time exporter of nuclear fuel & technology (it has excellent uranium reserves). Many established interests see that as competition.

    There is also a move to have local plants owned by the big boys. I.e Russia builds the plant in Syria, brings the fuel in and brings the spent out under security. Syrians pay the Russian firm for their electricity. The rationale is that underdeveloped countries can't be trusted. It amounts to a patently imperialistic energy cartel perhaps worth going to war about.
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