Monday, April 25, 2005

Roberts vs. Huber on Peak Energy

Via NEI Nuclear Notes, this exchange in the Los Angeles Times between Paul Roberts, author of The End of Oil: On the Edge of a Perilous New World and Peter Huber, co-author of The Bottomless Well: The Twilight of Fuel, the Virtue of Waste and Why We Will Never Run Out of Energy. Eric McErlain notes "I've read Roberts' book, and while it provides a comprehensive examination of the "Peak Oil" theory, he hardly touches on nuclear energy at all -- including its critical role in displacing oil-fired electrical generating capacity after the 1973 oil embargo." It's a good example of substitution that the doomsayers would rather we ignored. Unfortunately, it still only amounts to a stopgap -- fossil fuels can only last so long, and so can fission power.