Can we identify limits to worldwide energy resources?

Authors' note: The research described in this article was conducted by the authors while still employed at RAND Science & Technology, for the US Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory under contract with Concurrent Technologies Corp., Contract No. 500402.In the course of considering long-term technology development directions for research and development in fuels and electric power generation, we examined predictions of long-term worldwide energy resource availability, with a focus on oil, natural gas, and coal.This articles discusses the difficulties identified in determining, with any degree of accuracy, how long energy resources will last or estimating the...

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