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Transcript of Timeline
Members of the "peak-oil movement believed that by about this time, humanity would have extracted about half the oil it would ever get.
Oil hit a fresh record high of $75.78 a barrel, boosted by strong demand in the US and global tension ranging from Iran's nuclear work to North Korea's missile tests.
Russia's Gazprom closed in on half of Royal Dutch Shell's $22 billion Sakhalin-2 energy project while Shell denied it had buckled under Kremlin pressure and warned Moscow the world was watching.
2007 At least 21 oil workers were killed when a drilling rig hit an oil platform in stormy weather, spilling gas and oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
In Yemen unidentified saboteurs bombed an oil pipeline in Marib province. The attack halted the flow of oil and added to concerns in the world oil markets about adequate supplies for heating fuel.
2008 Hundreds of workers at Scotland's only oil refinery began a 48-hour strike. This forced BP PLC to shut a pipeline system that delivers almost a third of Britain's North Sea oil.
In Louisiana an oil tanker and an oil barge collided near New Orleans creating a 12-mile oil slick and closing almost 100 miles of the Mississippi River. Over 400,000 gallons of fuel spilled into the river.
The Current Situation 2009 Irish authorities learned about an oil spill through surveillance carried out by the European Maritime Safety Agency in Lisbon, Portugal. Irish military aircraft flew over the area and saw the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, a Russian oil tanker, and a Russian oceangoing tug near the slick. this was the biggest oil spill in the waters around Ireland in the last ten years. 2010 A Transocean rig called the Deepwater Horizon explodes and catches fire, approximately 42 miles Southeast of Venice, Louisiana, while finishing a well for British Petroleum.
The oil slick stretches 80 miles across the Gulf and is 36 miles southeast of Louisiana. Cleanup crews set up booms to block as much oil as possible from coming ashore.
Alternative Futures Timeline 2015 2020 2025 2030 2035 2040 2045 2050 Probable Future Preferable future Large industiral solar panels, enhanced with nanotechnology has been developed
The US has completed the construction of major solar farms in California, Nevada, and Arizona, collectively covering hundreds of square miles of desert land. Gasoline fuels under one third of the passenger car miles driven in the US. Electricity and biomass fuels account for the remaining two-thirds
The world's total oil consumption in barrels has reduced somewhat, however, commercial airline flights still require petroleum-derived fuels
India has now become the number 1 pollutant and contributes the most to global warming. China on the other hand, is still focusing on renewable energy sources and its carbon emissions have dropped by 20 million tonnes.
Electricity now fuels nearly all passenger car miles driven in the US.
Countries have also developed on-board intelligence systems where the driver can literally sleep while the car automatically takes you to your destination. Even with the efforts to reduce Carbon dioxide emissions, the temperature of Earth is still rising annually at a critical level of now 2.7 degrees per celsius.
Around only 2% of ice remains in the Arctic while around 41% of ice remains in the Antarctic Human cloning has developed to become publicly available. To have a clone produced however, would cost approximately $174650 and would take at least a week for tests and scans to complete
More than 70% of the world's agricultural products are now genetically-modified.
People are now planting more trees than ever. The amount of trees planted has risen from around 80,000 trees a year to a 150,000 trees a year. Pandas are now unfortunately extinct. The last remaining panda had died due to improper treating of the panda's living environment
Surprisingly the amount of CO2 emissions have cut down by 26% compared to 5 years ago.
Oil is now becoming harder to find and explore. Around 3 out of 5 oil rigs are now unoperational because the oil has become depleted
Nuclear energy is now becoming a major fuel source for Iran and Iraq. The US is constantly showing disapproval but they deny that they will use it for weapon purposes.
Japan has become a very difficult place to live. Unemployment rises up by 30% and taxes are also very expensive. Many people are now immigrating to closer countries such as Korea and China. Oil is now deplete and countries which were still dependent on oil are now in states of panic
It is now a law in US that no cars should be fueled by fossil fuels. Otherwise a severe fine of $50000 would have to be paid.
In Thailand during the summer, temperatures now rise up to 46 degrees celsius.
Much of Taiwan, Singapore, Hawaii, New Zealand, Philipines and Japan is now under water The UN holds another urgent climate debate summit in Berlin, Germany.
In Cairo, Egypt, several hydro plants has been established along the Nile River in an attempt to reduce the use of fossil fuels. Scientists have discovered an alternate fuel for commercial airlines. The fuel involves a mixture of biofuel and petroleum, though the plane's propellers now are able to suck CO2 from the atmosphere and convert it to energy.
Toyota becomes the number 1 seller of energy efficient hybrid cars China and the US are now cooperating in the development of renewable energy sources. They have donated around $2.5 billion to India to assist the country with its development of renewable energy sources
Now approximately 62% of energy production in the US is from renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, hydro and etc.
North Korea announces a new leader named Oh Sae Hoon. His first actions were to dismantle the nuclear program and start cooperating with South Korea and the US
North Korea has now opened its markets and is accepting trade from several other countries.
Prices of oil per barrel hit a record breaking of $358.
North Korea has signed a formal diplomacy with South Korea. Travels along both countries has been accessed. Though to cross the border would still require a small fee.
"Shell" plans to establish around 10 oil rigs in the Amazon rainforest. Doing so would require around 10 million acres of rainforest to be destroyed. The UN has disallowed the operation to happen. Scientists have discovered that they could extract fossils from minerals dissolved in the ocean. They believe that this could be a new source of fossil fuel energy which could last a very long time.
The first ever human to step foot on Mars was an American, named Rob Bobster, aged 31. He has brought several samples back to NASA for investigation. It is now a global law around the world that nuclear energy should not be used as an energy source.
Nanotechnology has also been established to aid patients with cancer and HIV/AIDS. Medical specialists also propose that this could be a cure.
The US demands the halt of all oil productions and forces all oil companies to shut down. Millions of oil rigs are now unoperational, ready to be demolished
The number of people with Asthma and lung cancer drop by 50% due to the decreasing carbon emissions.
NASA has made space exploration available to the public. With a fair cost of $75,000 citizens can now tour around the earth.
What actions can we take? Individuals To take action now, not later
To inspire neighbors, close friends to take action as well Have determination and show persevearance in your actions Remember, even a small change you do, CAN make a difference. Businesses: To raise awareness to customers to take action through: Advertisements Television Magazines To research and create better quality products To care more for the customers rather than for money Cooperate with other businesses to have new innovations and renovations. Governments Promote laws which will enourage citizens to act or change such as: Enforce recycling practises Encourage a thirty minute "lights off" moment during the night.
Encourage citizens to plant more trees The government has power and therefore, also has the responsibility of helping citizens to act Research and develop new and safe technologies for businesses to incorporate Cooperate with other countries to make the world a better place. By: Harry Kim 11B