This article is an extract, reprinted with the publisher’s permission, from the recent book by Mason Inman about the life of M. K. Hubbert. A review of this book, a short article by its author, and a transcription of an extensive interview by Steve Andrews with Hubbert late in the latter’s life, are given elsewhere in this issue. This extract concerns mainly events surrounding the 1973 oil price shock, but also has a very telling section on why Hubbert changed his view on both nuclear and solar energy.
Inman, M. (2016) Excerpt from the book: The Oracle of Oil: A Maverick Geologist’s Quest for a Sustainable Future The Oil Age 2 (2) 1-8
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