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Wednesday, December 21, 2005
By Yokota Fritz

The Oil Age Poster

This Oil Age poster is packed with detailed charts and historical annotations, tracing the history of the Oil Age from its 19th century roots to its rise as the engine powering modern industrial economies.

The poster’s main chart features a year-by-year rendering of world oil production based on the projections of Colin Campbell, a leading authority on oil depletion issues and co-founder of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil (ASPO). His model projects an all-time peak in world oil production this decade.

"As this poster makes abundantly clear, we’ve already consumed about half of the world’s total endowment of regular conventional oil," said Dr. Campbell. "This has provided most supply to-date and will dominate all supply far into the future. We are now entering the second half of the Oil Age, and face the relentless decline of production, imposed by nature."

Dr. Campbell’s estimates have been echoed in the halls of the U.S. Congress by Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, who recently delivered a series of special order speeches on the topic of peak oil. "If a picture is worth one thousand words, then The Oil Age Poster is worth one million words because people can not only see the oil production Hubbert's peaks in many countries and regions, but also read the facts proving that global peak oil is both inevitable and quite probably imminent," Congressman Bartlett said.

In a series of detailed insets, The Oil Age poster displays current energy statistics from the U.S. Energy Information Agency, BP Statistical Review and other industry sources. With the cost of oil and gas soaring to record highs in recent months, the poster offers students, educators and journalists a clear and comprehensive resource for understanding the global oil situation.

"The primary goal of The Oil Age poster is to increase awareness of the critical role of oil in modern industrial society, and to call attention to the impending worldwide peak in oil production," said Julian Darley, director of Global Public Media, a non profit organization and the poster’s primary sponsor.

The posters are $12.50 each from the Post Carbon Bookstore, with significant discounts available for bulk purchases and non-profits.

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