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Fossil fuels, uranium, and the energy crisis

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Abstract

Relevant data on the world energy picture are presented to indicate present energy sources and resources, especially fossil fuels and the role of uranium in energy production, with some predictions for the future. World energy is presently being derived from petroleum (some 62%), coal (31%), hydropower (6%), and nuclear (1%). The fundamental cause of the present world energy crisis is attributed to the increase in consumption of petroleum over the past 20 yr, compared with the relatively small size and unequal distribution of the world's remaining reserves. The reserves/production ratio for petroleum has fallen steadily from a general level of 60 to 80 yr from 1920 to 1955, to about 31 yr today. New oil is becoming harder and more expensive to find and produce, the size of discoveries is declining. There is no reason to believe that this trend will be substantially altered, and production is expected to begin to decline between 1985 and 1990. Gas resources also are expected to fall short after the mid-1980s. Coal reserves are enormous, but their full utilization is doubtful because of economic and environmental problems. Tar sands and oil shale resources are potentially major sources of oil, and they are expected to  More>>
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Publication Date:
Jan 01, 1977
Product Type:
Journal Article
Reference Number:
EDB-84-126613
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Australas. Oil Gas Rev.; (Australia); Journal Volume: 23:8
Subject:
02 PETROLEUM; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; COAL; ENERGY SUPPLIES; HYDROELECTRIC POWER; NATURAL GAS; NUCLEAR FUELS; OIL SANDS; OIL SHALES; PETROLEUM; COMPETITION; CONSTRAINTS; ECONOMICS; ENERGY CONSUMPTION; ENERGY DEMAND; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; FORECASTING; GLOBAL ASPECTS; PRODUCTION; RESOURCE ASSESSMENT; BITUMINOUS MATERIALS; CARBONACEOUS MATERIALS; DEMAND; ELECTRIC POWER; ENERGY SOURCES; FLUIDS; FOSSIL FUELS; FUEL GAS; FUELS; GAS FUELS; GASES; MATERIALS; POWER; REACTOR MATERIALS; RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES; 020700* - Petroleum- Economics, Industrial, & Business Aspects; 294000 - Energy Planning & Policy- Fossil Fuels; 290600 - Energy Planning & Policy- Nuclear Energy; 292000 - Energy Planning & Policy- Supply, Demand & Forecasting
OSTI ID:
6731415
Country of Origin:
Australia
Language:
English
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Journal ID: CODEN: AOGRD
Submitting Site:
HEDB
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Pages: 9-12, 19
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Playford, P E. Fossil fuels, uranium, and the energy crisis. Australia: N. p., 1977. Web.
Playford, P E. Fossil fuels, uranium, and the energy crisis. Australia.
Playford, P E. 1977. "Fossil fuels, uranium, and the energy crisis." Australia.
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title = {Fossil fuels, uranium, and the energy crisis}
author = {Playford, P E}
abstractNote = {Relevant data on the world energy picture are presented to indicate present energy sources and resources, especially fossil fuels and the role of uranium in energy production, with some predictions for the future. World energy is presently being derived from petroleum (some 62%), coal (31%), hydropower (6%), and nuclear (1%). The fundamental cause of the present world energy crisis is attributed to the increase in consumption of petroleum over the past 20 yr, compared with the relatively small size and unequal distribution of the world's remaining reserves. The reserves/production ratio for petroleum has fallen steadily from a general level of 60 to 80 yr from 1920 to 1955, to about 31 yr today. New oil is becoming harder and more expensive to find and produce, the size of discoveries is declining. There is no reason to believe that this trend will be substantially altered, and production is expected to begin to decline between 1985 and 1990. Gas resources also are expected to fall short after the mid-1980s. Coal reserves are enormous, but their full utilization is doubtful because of economic and environmental problems. Tar sands and oil shale resources are potentially major sources of oil, and they are expected to become more competitive with petroleum as higher oil prices occur.}
journal = {Australas. Oil Gas Rev.; (Australia)}
volume = {23:8}
journal type = {AC}
place = {Australia}
year = {1977}
month = {Jan}
}