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Published on September 17th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan


Oil & Peak Oil Infographic

September 17th, 2011 by  

I received this great infographic on Monday when I was in London for a CNBC/Harvard Business Review “Energy Opportunities” interview. So, after catching up on things over the past few days, I’m just now getting it up. It is really a great one, laying out where oil comes from, who’s using it, what we’re using it for, and the ever-important topic of… peak oil. Check it out (CLICK TO ENLARGE):

Update/note: one of our great readers and commenters pointed out in the comments below that the infographic seems to downplay the point that we need to get moving fast on clean energy solutions, not try to find oil in harder to reach places, and it ignores global warming altogether. Thought his points were worth highlighting:

Another good infographic but does anyone else see the elephant in the room? We are way past the door of diminishing returns and this chart says “don’t worry, be happy” the world is OK. Lets totally discount “global warming”… and lets party hardy.

I submit that the threat that we all face is REAL and very DANGEROUS and that we MUST get real in our GOAL of a non fossil fuel based energy generating system.

We need to save all those concentrated carbon atoms for more useful and intelligent use (than burning) for the future.

More in the comments below. 

Peak Oil infographic

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is tryin' to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the CEO of Important Media. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA] — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in this company and feels like it is a good cleantech company to invest in. But he offers no investment advice and does not recommend investing in Tesla or any other company.

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