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Abstract: Tomorrow's Previous HitEnergyNext Hit--Where Will It Come From?

Michel T. Halbouty

Low-cost Previous HitenergyNext Hit is gone forever. The United States will have to convert from petroleum (oil and gas) to other, less convenient, and certainly more costly, Previous HitenergyNext Hit sources. If our petroleum reserves are depleting as fast as some prognosticators say, development and use of several alternative Previous HitenergyNext Hit sources are mandatory. No one particular resource can make the United States self-sufficient; it will require a balanced assortment of many Previous HitenergyNext Hit sources.

Petroleum, coal, and nuclear Previous HitenergyNext Hit are the only immediate sources in sufficient supply to permit lead time to develop and produce others. It is deplorable that 15 years ago other forms of Previous HitenergyNext Hit were not researched and developed for ample production now to eliminate our large dependence on foreign oil.

As we look ahead for types of Previous HitenergyNext Hit other than petroleum, we must consider all forms of nuclear power, Previous HitsolarNext Hit power, coal gasification and liquefaction, geothermal Previous HitenergyNext Hit, oil shale and tar sands, hydro- and tidal power, wind Previous HitenergyNext Hit, and bioconversion of urban waste and animal manure. Considerable research into the various problems surrounding additional Previous HitenergyNext Hit sources is needed. However, even after economic, environmental, production, and development problems are solved most of these sources will require lead times of 10 to 25 years, and even more for the the more exotic forms. The combined immediate sources of oil, gas, coal, and nuclear power will supply the major part of our Previous HitenergyNext Hit needs into the first decade of the next century.

To fuel the future adequately the earth scientist needs a new exploration philosophy to discover the elusive petroleum and mineral reserves necessary for our nation's mounting Previous HitenergyTop requirements.

AAPG Search and Discovery Article #90968©1977 AAPG-SEPM Annual Convention and Exhibition, Washington, DC