A summary of peak oil
This article is written by Christian Haas, a work experience student at Worcester City Council, from Kleve in Germany. This is his view on peak oil and the impacts on all of us. Thanks Christian!
Oil is a not-renewable energy, which is used daily directly or indirectly for a lot of things. Oil has been arisen in millions of years out of remains of plants. Plants in the sea died, there remains went to the bottom of the sea, and heat and pressure changed it in a long process into oil. This oil is now in underneath fields. It is really difficult to win this oil, because oil fields are mostly under the sea. In addition, the process of winning oil is very expensive because the oil must be pumped out. But that is the only way to get the oil. The quantity of oil reserves in the world has a maximum, and if we have less oil, because of using it daily, e.g. for fuel, it will be more and more difficult to get the oil. The oil fields are deeper and the way of getting the oil is much more expensive. The global oil production is about 85-87 barrels oil a day. This is called Peak Oil. We can do this for about twenty to thirty years, but then we will not have oil any more.
This does matter to every human in the world because the meaning off oil is really high. If you buy some food in the supermarket, this can only happen because there is oil used for things like growing and transporting. Things like plastic could not exist without oil and the chemical industry is dependent from oil. These are many reasons why we have to do something to sink the using of oil. Furthermore we have to think about the future and do things for being able to manage life without oil. There are several ways of winning energy without oil in present. One Example is photovoltaic, a way of using sunlight for winning energy. They become more popular and in some regions it is normal to have a photovoltaic and getting the energy you need for you house on your own.
The people have to wake up and work for the future being sustainable.