• Question: around how many years of fossil fuels do we have left

    Asked by bechope to Jo, Leo on 25 Jun 2010 in Categories: .
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      Leo Garcia answered on 25 Jun 2010:

      Optimistic estimates of so-called ‘peak oil’, which is the time when the rate of petroleum production starts to decline, put it around 2020. For other forms of fossil fuels:

      Coal: 417 years
      Natural gas: 167 years

      But these are just estimates, and projections based on current trends. However, it is a race to find other ways of fueling our planet, because we know that these reserves will one day run out.