Originally Posted by SDW2001
Dubious? The article cites facts. Past predictions were wrong...very wrong. This is no surprise, as they've always been wrong. We always end up with far more oil than initially "proven." It doesn't mean we can just use oil in perpetuity. But it does mean we have many years to eventually transition away from fossil fuels. Now, if the Left would just let us develop our natural gas and domestic sources in the interim while supporting nuclear power, we might be on to something.
I agree with you that the peak-oil-scenarios are outdated and often exaggerated to serve a certain politics. And I also agree with you on the warming-earth-topic: The warming caused by us humans is negligible to the warming caused through the earth's natural warming-cycle. And I also don't think that a warming earth is a bad thing per se. After all more warming can create new possibilities for plant-life in previously not so nice areas of the earth.
There's no black-and-white in this: Warming can cause problems for us humans in certain places but overall it will balance out, getting worse somewhere, getting better elsewhere. We just need to adapt.
But that doesn't mean that we shouldn't try to research alternative sources of energy. After all using coal makes the air less breatheable, using nuclear energy is a play with matchsticks, not to speak of the radioactive endproducts that will be a time-bomb for future generations as well as possible targets for terroristic attacks or for accidents like in Chernobyl or for natural desasters causing accidents like in Japan.
So I'm all for getting rid of nuclear energy as soon as possible and for use of oil, gas and use of wind, solar, bio-reactors and other things.