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In 1956, geoligist and Shell Oil researcher Marion King Hubbert delivered a speech to the American Petroleum Institute that has shaped world energy debates ever since. Amid our twenty-first century fracking boom, Hubbert's assertion remains a source of debate and controversy. A rich biography of the man, The Oracle of Oil follows Hubbert from his early days at University of Chicago to his first forays into politics. Join us and Mason Inman tonight!
ABOUT THE ORACLE OF OIL
In 1956, geophysicist and Shell Oil researcher Marion King Hubbert forecast that American oil production would peak surprisingly soon and decline steadily thereafter. Hubbert's prediction outraged the architects of the U.S. oil industry at the time, but it was largely correct. Even amid a twenty-first century shale boom, Hubbert's logic remains a source of debate and controversy.
In a richly researched narrative that surveys Hubbert's papers and correspondence for the first time, award-winning journalist Mason Inman rescues the history of a man who shocked the scientific community with his brilliance, eccentricity, and controversy. The Oracle of Oil shows Hubbert as a man of his era: a time of great intellectual ferment and discovery tinged by dark undercurrents of intellectual witch hunts.
In its portrait of a man whose prescient ideas about sustainability still resonate today, The Oracle of Oil looks to the past to find a guiding philosophy for our energy future.
ABOUT MASON INMAN
Mason Inman is an award-winning journalist who focuses on energy and climate issues. He has written for National Geographic News, Science, Nature, and The Economist. He lives in Oakland, California.
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