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They say in movies that there are about only 30 to 40 years of oil left in the world. If this happens, there will be no gas for cars and no lubrications for engine to run with. There will be no transportation. That will lead to big trouble.

While it may be true that there is only several decades of oil left in the world, research continues on developing safe, clean, renewable, affordable energy resources. These sources include everything from solar power, hydroelectric power, nuclear power, and the high tech fission and fusion studies. While some of the prospects look brighter than others, each of the sources has potential for being a "piece of the puzzle" over the next century. While our current situation merits some attention, we are not yet in the position of having to "worry" about it. I would encourage you to speak with your teacher or parent about it. There are many books and magazine articles written regularly about this issue, and you might consider doing a project about it in your class.

Being informed and concerned about a potential problem down-the-road is actually a fairly good position to be in--such a thing allows for planning, conservation and study for development of alternatives BEFORE we really get into trouble. Be sure that scientists today are actively working hard to develop solutions to this problem.


When the oil starts running out, the price will go up and oil companies will switch to new sources that are either renewable (such as "gas-ohol" or methane from bio-mass), solar (passive solar heating, photovoltaic, wind farms), or terrestrial (geothermal, nuclear fission, maybe nuclear fusion).


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