free html hit counter Peak Oil Debunked: 25. OIL RATIONING

Wednesday, August 17, 2005


What if we rationed each year's oil production evenly to all nations, on a per capita basis, so each person got the same amount of oil?

Oil production/day = 80 million barrels
Oil production/year = 29.2 billion barrels
Oil production/year/capita = 29.2/6.4 = 4.5 barrels/year/capita

Looking at this chart, we see that 4.5 barrels/year/capita would put everybody at a level right between CU (Cuba) and ZA (South Africa). Each person would receive roughly two quarts of crude oil per/day.

Naturally, the oil hog US is at the top of the list, using about 26 barrels/year/capita, or about 3 gallons of crude oil per day per person. So if you're using more than 3 gallons of gasoline a day, you're really out of control!

4.5 barrels/year/capita still isn't that bad. The countries at the bottom of the list appear to be: AF (Afghanistan) at 0.08, and UG (Uganda?) at 0.11.

Aghanistan is incredible. Each Afghani is getting by with about 2 tablespoons of crude oil per day. It's doled out in cough syrup quantities. They're already deep into post peak oil conditions. They're not experiencing a die-off, however, and agriculture is booming:
Opium production in Afghanistan has doubled every year since 2001 and is expected to continue this exponential increase over at least the next two years.


At Wednesday, September 14, 2005 at 3:35:00 AM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ZA=Zuid Afrika, aka South Africa.

At Sunday, September 25, 2005 at 12:41:00 PM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you ever thought about the differences between poppies and food ? one needs fertilizer, one doesn't, just to name one...


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