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Oil will run dry 90 years before alternatives become mainstream, says UC Davis study

UC Davis researchers are making a sobering prediction that alternative fuel and energy options won't be able to fill fossil fuel-level demand until 90 years after the global oil supply runs dry.The study, published Monday, makes a case for more ambitious targets for adoption of biofuel, battery, hydrogen, ethanol and other replacements.

Deb Niemeier, a professor of civil and environmental engineering, and postdoctoral researcher Nataliya Malyshkina examined existing public companies dealing in non-oil fuels such as BlueFire Ethanol Inc. of Irvine and Enova Systems Inc. of Torrance.

The technologies in the market “may not be able to occupy a sufficient enough niche in the market by the time we need them to,” Niemeier said in an e-mail.

Read more at The Times' Technology blog.

-- Tiffany Hsu

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The bad news is that life as we know it will change dramatically, the good news is that the middle east will go back to sucking sand and riding camels like they did a couple of hundred years ago.

This is like trying to quit smoking because of fear of cancer.

Better reasons to quit oil: air pollution, end Opec and financial support to terrorism, build a domestic economy based on raising crops for biofuel, etc.

Can anybody else think of immediate results from the conversion to renewable energies, that don't harm the environment (also, biofuels maybe environmentally unfriendly--and global warming probably started at the end of the ice-age).


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