DescriptionProfit from the Peak contains the information you need to successfully navigate the end of our oil-based economy. It takes a hard look at the future of oil and gas, examines how you can effectively invest in these resources, and profit from energy alternatives that are poised to power the years ahead. Along the way, this book also explores the potential, and possible limitations, of each major energy source, while carefully cover the investing angles of each one.
Part I. The Crisis in a Barrel.
Chapter 1 - December 16, 2005: The Day the Devil Wept a Thousand Tears a Second.
Chapter 2 – What is Peak Oil?
What is Oil?
What Is Peak Oil?
Types of Oil.
The Importance of Giant Oil Fields.
When Is the Peak?
Reserve Replacement and Deepwater Drilling.
Drilling Like Never Before.
The Bottom Line on Peak Oil.
The Hard Truth.
Chapter 3 – Wanted: Five New Saudi Arabias.
Global Demand and Population..
China and India.
Making up for Depletion.
Chapter 4 - $480 a Barrel: The True Value of Oil.
Cheaper than Water.
Draining the National Coffers.
Costs to the U.S. Military.
The True Cost of Oil: $480 a Barrel.
Climate Change Cost.
Natural Capital Costs.
Chapter 5 - The Pentagon Prepares for Peak Oil.
Reduce Dependence on Oil.
Reduce CO2 Emissions.
Staunch the Bleeding.
Invest Heavily in Renewables.
Other Renewables Close Behind.
Solar for China?
Part II. Making Money from the Fossil Fuels That Are Left.
Chapter 6 –Twilight for Fossil Fuels.
Diminishing Returns and Receding Horizons.
Chapter 7 - The Road to El Dorado: The Alberta-Texas Oilsands Pipeline.
Part III. Energy after Oil.
Chapter 8 - The Renewable Revolution.
Chapter 9 - Endless Energy: Here Comes the Sun.
A Short History of Solar Technologies.
The Industry Takes Off.
PV Takes Center Stage.
Chapter 10 - Pressure Cooker: Tapping the Earth’s Heat.
What is Geothermal Power?
Benefits of Geothermal Power.
Chapter 11 –Nuclear's Second Act.
China and Nuclear Power.
Limits to Nuclear Power.
Chapter 12 - What's Needed: A Manhattan Project for Energy.
The Importance of Timely Reponse.
Carbon Taxes and Cap-and-Trade.
Oil Depletion Protocol.
Replacing the Fleet.
Combined Heat and Power.
Wave and Tidal Energy.
The Hydrogen Economy.
Chapter 13 – A Future Electric.
The Rail Revolution.
Epilogue: Why I'm an Energy Optimist.
A Harsh Reality.
Foresight is 2020.
A True Jeffersonian Agrarian Democracy.
Never Sell Short Humanity.
Appendix A. Energy Units and Equivalences Tables.
Appendix B. Top Oil Producers and Peak Production.
Appendix C. Energy Mix Charts.