Peak Oil In Perspective : 13.7: Cosmos And CultureCommentator Ursula Goodenough specializes in the development of sustainable biofuels. She shares a graph with us showing the rise and predicted fall of oil production over a 2,500 year time frame.
Sometimes, as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.
I was recently at a scientific conference on the development of sustainable biofuels, this being my lab's research focus. Much data was presented and much was said of substance. But the one slide I made sure to get a copy of was this one from Steve Mayfield at UCSD, conveying the history and availability of petroleum at current usage rates (more information here):