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January 08, 2006

Matt Simmons On Natural Gas Peak Oil

Future generations will think we were nuts. Matt Simmons (author of Twilight in the Desert):

[Natural gas is] the single best energy source we've ever had. It's too bad we didn't understand it. We've used up probably two thirds of the finest natural gas in the world through one of two reasons — we either flared it because we didn't have any idea what to do with it, or we sold it for 1/10th the amount we sold oil for — and we [were giving] oil away. It's not the emissions aspect of natural gas that makes it so unbelievably precious. It's the only source we have of instant heat.

I thought of this quote today when I heated water for tea. Turn a dial on a gas stove: instant heat. We take it for granted. We won't for much longer.

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