Could science find solutions for depletion of oil?
United Arab Emirates
March 20, 2008 5:21am CST
it seems that oil production will begin to decrease at 2012 and with the increasing demand, it must be disasteriuos especially for nations that requires very large quantities of oil. I really wonder what can be done that time, or what will happen. could science be a major tool to solve a problem and play a critical role in getting out of the problem?
20 Mar 08
I'm not sure what you mean by "finding a solution to the depletion of oil" It's possible to find substitutes, though as the ones available now rely on plant oils as the basis, this will be a problem if large areas are given over to growing fuel oil crops instead of food crops. also this could not produce enough fuel to totally replace oil based fuel. If you mean can science find a way of finding new supplies of mineral oil, then that is going on all the time in ever more sophisticated ways. In the end though, oil is a finite resource which is not being renewed in anything less than a geological time scale, so that sooner or later, it will run out and we will have to adapt to that change.