Oil-less earth.

@Lore2009 (7388)
United States
February 25, 2011 6:35pm CST
We depend on oil every day. Plastic is made by oil and we need oil to travel and to eat and keep us warm. Many clothes are made out of oil and everything gets to us or we go to it by oil. Every item has something to do with oil. So what do you think will happen when we run of of it? What do you think about this?
10 responses
@rameshchow (5284)
• India
26 Feb 11
Very nice thought. Then our lives also become slow. Majority of the wars had not happened between many countries if there is no oil. And we have to consume oil for our next generations.
@Lore2009 (7388)
• United States
27 Feb 11
Yes, that's right... because it is very valuable, people fight over it.
• India
27 Feb 11
people means who. You also come under people. So say that, we have to fight over it.
@Lore2009 (7388)
• United States
27 Feb 11
*most* people.
• United States
26 Feb 11
Wow I never gave it thought to this extent, but I would hope it does not run out as I think then that is when the real world war and issues will rise. I do hope that it gets under control for good intentions.
@GreenMoo (11842)
26 Feb 11
It is a case of becoming more difficult to extract already Hardworkinggurl, and most oil fields have already passed the point of peak extraction. The first oil to be used up has been the easiest to extract, so that which is left is more difficult. This is why the cost of extraction is rising. To some extent this is tempered by an improvement in technology but is something that will become more apparent. Coupled with the downturn in extraction we have an increase in use, just making the whole process faster. It's unlikely that the supplies of oil will run out completely, but it's perfectly feasible that oil could become too rare and expensive a commodity for the average person.
• United States
26 Feb 11
I sincerely doubt that it would be completely extinct, although I am aware that it can be scarce and yet more expensive. It is simply a inevitable direction and one that we should fear, as it is getting out of control as the years go by. Thanks so much for your explanation below it does clear a few questions that arose in my mind.
@celticeagle (120517)
• Boise, Idaho
26 Feb 11
I hope that by that time other systems have come about and we are able to find other things besides oil to use. Motor companies are getting on board with options on fuel and I am sure other areas are getting on board as well. It all takes time and I hope it happens quickly enough to set in motion something to take the place of oil in time.
@Lore2009 (7388)
• United States
27 Feb 11
There will need to be big adjustments to keep up with what we have, and I wonder if we will ever be capable to accomplish it.
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@celticeagle (120517)
• Boise, Idaho
27 Feb 11
It will interesting to see if we can though. Glad things are getting started in the right direction.
@veganbliss (3901)
• Adelaide, Australia
26 Feb 11
Good topic Do you mean by "we", our country or our planet? If the country runs out of oil, that's easy... just start up a war with a country that has lots of oil & before long, hey - we have oil again! If you mean the planet, then we will just rely on other sources to produce our fuel & manufacturing base material from. There are many types of plastic that don't involve oil to be produced. We can travel right now without oil. We can heat our homes by much better, safer & more efficient means than by using oil. We can make our clothes without oil. The problem is that this is one of the cheapest energy sources that will give the biggest bang for your buck (next to coal). And that's not just by a small margin - it's a huge difference. All the processes & existing infrastructure have all been purpose built for using oil as a raw material. Anything new or different that we want to replace it with will invariably involve huge set-up costs as well as on-going costs & maintenance. It can be done, but it is inefficient & unattractive to most investors who will not want to wait for the next twenty five years just to break even on their outlay. Unfortunately, we will have to stick with oil for some time yet. . Alternative technologies only seem to be attracting saboteurs at the moment
@Lore2009 (7388)
• United States
27 Feb 11
Yes, I meant our world, the planet. I don't think it's easy if the country even runs out of oil because someone else will suffer from war because of it. You are right that there are many alternatives to a certain extent but it is not the same because like you said, it's not as cheap and convenient.. that's why it's hard to even change anything at this time.
• Adelaide, Australia
28 Feb 11
It's a tricky situation we're in at the moment; trying to fight a global environmental crises at the same time as having a global financial crisis. Catch-22.
@chiyosan (30205)
• Philippines
26 Feb 11
Yeah it is a necessity alright... I thnk though toothat we can go back to the primitive ways when oil runs out. Walking instead of ridng... Bike intead of machine... Those sort of things...
@GreenMoo (11842)
26 Feb 11
How about all the products were use daily which are dependant on fossil fuels for their manufacture? Virtually every product you see in the shops is dependant on fossil fuels either for it's materials or for the manufacturing process. Even much of the food we eat in the world today is dependant on the fossil fuels used within the agricultural sector, either as fuel for machinery or as chemical inputs.
@Lore2009 (7388)
• United States
27 Feb 11
Yup, the economy will spiral way down.. unless we find a replacement.
@stk40m (1119)
• Koeln, Germany
28 Feb 11
I think it's interesting to see that oil exist at all. We find it deep below the ocean and deep in the ground. How did it get there? after all, it has organic origins. Thus I've often wondered if getting oil out of the ground could also be considered a good thing as oil contains the building blocks of life, i.e. it contains C, H, O. Burning oil or rather its derivatives produces a lot of CO2; obviously burning too much of it isn't good. But if we keep in mind that plants use CO2 to grow we could make a simple equation out of it: if we wouldn't deforest the planet and if we would perhaps decompose oil in a more clever way we could use oil to make the planet green again. Unfortunately the current situation is that the overall storage of CO2 in plants is continuously reduced by deforestation plus the oceans store a lot of the CO2 as well where it does more harm than good (it makes the seas acidic). So if we could slow down the process of oil consumption and accelerate the process of reafforestation this could perhaps save the planet and make it even more green than it was before because the oil had been sleeping in the ground so far where no plant could get hold of it (or rather the carbon that's inside of oil). Can we achieve this ? I think so if we use alternative energies such as sun, wind, water (but not nuclear) energy and if we plant many many trees in the world at the same time. Cheers!!
@Lore2009 (7388)
• United States
1 Mar 11
I agree that we can if we do... but I wonder if we will. And the trees grow slower than how fast we are using the oil.. I wonder how we will catch up.
@GreenMoo (11842)
26 Feb 11
This is too big a question for a myLot discussion really! What I think will happen and what I think ought to happen if we start planning for it now are two totally different things! I think that people and governments will resist doing anything about it until it is far too late (it could be argued that it's already too late, but that's another discussion ....) and then the world will divide into the haves and the have nots. Those countries which have natural fossil fuels or the money to bully other countries into parting with them will be on one side, with those who don't and can't on the other. Of course, that's not so different to how natural resources are shared out already, but this time it will be a more violent separation. Fossil fuels will shoot up in value, and money makes mankind fight. Those who have not already are probably better prepared to continue to survive without. Those of us who rely utterly on fossil fuels and who are furiously refusing to see the elephant in the room will suffer their absence the most. At some point governments will need to step in, but telling the electorate that they cannot have is hardly a vote puller so they won't do so until it is forced to do so. For this reason, some of the dictatorships may actually suffer less than the democracies. Now is the time where communities can start building up skills and the resilience to cope with a power down situation. Nobody knows precisely what will happen or when, but it's pretty certain that it will and I personally find it very strange that so few people seem to be willing to consider alternative scenarios to the one where we continue our normal, incredibly resource intensive behaviours. Transitions Towns is a very interesting model of a community lead initiative to prepare for peak oil. They very much look at the positive aspects of life rather than the negatives, which I believe is much of their appeal.
@Lore2009 (7388)
• United States
27 Feb 11
I agree. I think it will come down as a 'shock' to those who rely it on most because we are so used to and depended on it. Unless they find something that is the same cost and as 'convenient' there will be a lot of changes and adjustments to be made. I feel that a lot of the people don't even realize how much we depend on it and many won't get the seriousness until, it's seriously all gone. I think a lot of people feel that they will be taken care of in any case when this happens... but I fear that many will not be.
• India
6 Mar 11
We cann't think a oil-less world.We must limit our usage for future by discovering new alternatives
@savypat (20246)
• United States
26 Feb 11
I was born during a time when there was very little use of oil, so I know we can get by without it. We used coal or wood to heat our homes a businesses, we didn't have out own cars, we did our washing by hand and most other things by hand. The bottome line is that we can do this and get along just fine, but the world will really be different.
• Philippines
26 Feb 11
Hi Lore. Man has always been a survivor and ingenious in discovering ways to meet man's needs, like the solar energy for one. The lack of something will somehow trigger in man the creativity and imagination to come up with an alternative. I believe in the capacity and ingenuity of man to surpass any hurdle man encounters. Have a nice day ahead, Lore.