Månad: juli 2017

What if there had only been half the oil? (article)

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Our article about a world where there was only half the oil is in press but is as of today available online.

The article is/will be published in the journal Energy Research & Social Science, in a special issue about ”Narratives​ ​and​ ​storytelling​ ​in​ ​energy and​ ​climate​ ​change​ ​research”. The full name of the article is ”What​ ​if​ ​there​ ​had​ ​only​ ​been​ ​half​ ​the​ ​oil?​ ​Rewriting​ ​history​ ​to​ ​envision​ ​the​ ​consequences​ ​of peak​ ​oil” and it is written by Daniel Pargman, Elina Eriksson, Mikael Höök,​ ​Joshua Tanenbaum,​ ​Marcel Pufal and Josefin ​Wangel.

We are really proud of this article, and, it is in fact only the first in a series of articles that will be published about this contrafactual scenario of a world, ”Coalworld”, where there was ever only half the oil and where peak oil consequently happened back in the 1970’s.

The purpose of this thought experiment of ours is to try to figure out what the consequences of peak oil would have been back then (and up until now). The ultimate purpose is of course to tease out possible consequences of peak oil here-and-now, in our world (”Oilworld”).