The Post Fossil Fuel Era: Any Hope?15 Mar

According to Bloomberg, “The U.S. expanded its oil production this year by the most since the first commercial well was drilled in 1859, upending a belief that Americans were increasingly hooked on foreign crude.” Further, “Domestic output grew by a record 766,000 barrels a day to the highest level in 15 years, government data show, putting the nation on pace to surpass Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest producer by 2020.” According to my recent blog post, that estimate is filled with more hype than reality.

Increased domestic crude oil output offers short term added fossil fuel capacity, but that addition will not stop the ultimate decline in fossil fuel production with potential game changing effects on the economy, way of life and civilization as we know it. Renewable energy technologies have serious issues including cost, availability, scalability and their ability to reproduce themselves without fossil fuels.

Researchers are mathematically modeling population sustainability in the presence of declining fossil fuel production. A result of this effort noted, “Populations that are too dependent on nonrenewable resources collapse and never fully recover, leveling off at a nearly constant level determined by the availability of renewable resources.”

These challenges are vividly documented in the 30 minute video, There’s No Tomorrow. Please take a look. It will forever alter your perception on “doing business as usual.” (i.e., corporate fixation on current quarter, 2 year presidential campaigns, and energy companies spending obscene amounts on lobbying).

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About Dr. Everson

Prior to forming this SBIR consultant practice, Dr. Jeffrey Everson was director of business development for QinetiQ North America’s Technology Solutions Group (previously Foster-Miller, Inc.).

Dr. Everson has won and been the principal investigator for several SBIR programs, including a Phase I program for NASA, a Phase I project for the U.S. Air Force, and Phase I and II contracts from the U.S. Department of Transportation. For the Phase II program, he received a Tibbetts Award for exemplifying the best in SBIR achievement.

Previously Dr. Everson held senior scientist positions at Battelle Memorial Institute, The Analytic Sciences Corporation (TASC), Honeywell Electro Optics Systems Division, and Itek Optical Systems Division.

He holds a PhD in physics from Boston College and a MS/BS in physics from Northeastern University.


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JHEverson Consulting is based in the Boston area but consults for clients throughout North America. It also is supported by affiliated consultants.