Oil is to Humanity as
a cat's Mother's Milk is to her Kittens:
Mother's Milk is Liquid Energy flowing directly to
Mother's Milk does Not Last Forever.
While they have Mother's Milk,
Kittens Must Learn to Hunt
or they Will Starve when Mother's Milk is
Earth's Oil is Mother's Milk for Humanity:
It is Liquid Energy flowing directly from
Almost Half of Earth's Easy-Flowing Oil is near the
Persian Gulf -
- the Earth's Sweet Flowing Breast
where Humanity's Hungry Mouth is
Earth's Oil - like Mother's Milk - will Not Last
By 2040 A.D. Easy-Flowing Oil will be Gone
- By 2012 A.D. shortages will be
While it has Easy-Flowing Oil,
Humanity Must Learn to Hunt New Energy Sources and
They could give Humanity enough Energy for the next
Of the two, Nuclear Reactors could be built faster, cheaper,
and easier, so:
Humanity's next Energy Source should be Nuclear
Using total Earth energy reserves in Terawatt-years,
according to M. Taube, in his book Evolution of Matter and Energy on
a Cosmic and Planetary Scale (Springer-Verlag 1985), the number of
years that 10^10 people could consume energy at the present USA per
capita rate, a consumption rate of about 1,000 Terawatt-years/year,
Oil 850 1
Gas 550 1
Methane 1,500 2
Coal 7,000 7
Uranium 1.9 X 10^9 2,000,000
Thorium 7.9 x 10^9 8,000,000
Deuterium 1.9 x 10^9 2,000,000
Lithium 1.9 x 10^9 2,000,000
As to solar energy, the total solar energy received by Earth
is about 109,000 Terawatt-years/year so that 10^10 people could
consume energy at the present USA per capita rate by using about 1%
(one percent) of the solar energy received by Earth. This could be
done, for example, by building a lot of orbiting solar energy
collection dishes and beaming the energy to Earth.
The total geothermal heat flux is about 66 Terawatt-years/year,
and the total tidal energy is about 3 Terawatt-years/year, so that
those sources would be inadequate to support 10^10 people consuming
energy at the present USA per capita rate.
An Energy Distribution System to wean Humanity from Oil
could be based on Hydrogen.
Nuclear Reactors could produce Hydrogen and Fresh Water
from Sea Water,
This Oil and Kittens page is on the web at http://www.tony5m17h.net/OilMilk.html
and a pdf version is on the web at
- it was written by Frank D. (Tony) Smith,
Jr., on 26 May 2003.
Mother Cat and Kittens image from a
Purina ONE web page.
Hunting Cat image from a
Cats in Art - In Antiquity web page, which
says: "... This mosaic portrait of a hunting cat and his catch was
discovered during excavations of the houses in Pompeii ... c. 1st
century A.D., ... Italy ...".
Earth from Space images from a
NASA Goddard web page, which says: "...
Apollo 11 view of Earth taken shortly after lift off on 16 July 1969
from a distance of 180,000 km. Most of Africa can be seen at the
center of this image, as well as parts of Europe and western Asia,
partly covered by clouds, and most of the Middle East. Apollo 11 was
in translunar insertion at the time of this photograph, on its way to
the historic first moon walk on 20 July. The Earth is 12,740 km in
diameter. North is at 11:00. (Apollo 11, AS11-36-5355) ...".
Persian Gulf Oil Map from The Times Atlas of World
History, Hammond 1993.
Oil Production Chart adapted from Scientific
American, March 1998.
The phrase "... the Earth's Sweet Flowing
Breast where Humanity's Hungry Mouth is Pressed ..." is paraphrased
from the poem Trees, by (Alfred) Joyce Kilmer. According to the
Britannica (1987 Fifteenth Edition): "...
"Trees" ... appeared in Poetry magazine in 1913. ... He was ...
b[orn] Dec. 6, 1886 ... d[ied] July 30, 1918 ...
educated at Rutgers and Columbia ...[and was]...
[k]illed in action during World War I ...[and]...
posthumously awarded the Croix de Guerre ...".