Christian Long

Richard Sears: Planning for the End of Oil

In TED Talks on May 28, 2010 at 9:28 pm

Extra credit reflection by EDWARD C.

Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:

Richard Sears:  Planning for the End of Oil

The speaker talks about how as methods of technology change the method of fuel changes also. In the beginning there was a peak of wood, in the middle was coal, and right now it is oil. The speaker predicts that the next peak will be renewable natural gas.

I believe that it is possible because going green seems to be the new theme all around the world and all different types of industries. Oil usage has gone down in the past few years. There are many possibilities for the cause such as the economy going down, and how people are choosing other methods of transportation that are cheaper since the gas prices were rising also. Because there is advancement in technology we will surpass our oil crisis and move on to another source of energy that proves more effective.

What could this source be? Well we don’t know yet but hopefully in the near future it will reevent the source of energy.

The damage we do to our natural resources is very intense. The speaker proposes that we can use another method of energy just by remodeling the molecules. People come up with ideas as time goes on. He mentions that ideas are always happening and technology is going to always advance. He mentions that we will have another method for energy before there is not enough oil to use. His point by mentioning this is saying that people naturally look for upgrades and better methods using research and technology. I also believe the same. People are becoming aware of how their trash and pollution is hurting the earth, and they are slowly changing their ways. Just look at our schools. So many schools recycle their paper which allows us to renew or original source of paper.

In due time I am sure technology and research will be able to come up with another method of energy besides oil. Though it might take a while for the whole world to convert to that new source of energy we will all be able to evolve into a world that uses energy in a more efficient way.


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