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The Atlantic: What If We Never Run Out of Oil?

Author: Charles C. Mann
April 24, 2013


The Atlantic's Charles Mann discusses the possibility that fossil fuels might last longer than we think, presenting unexplored opportunities and risks.

"Methane hydrate is being developed in much the same methodical way that shale gas was developed before it, except by a bigger, more international group of researchers. Shale gas, too, was subject to skepticism wide and loud. The egg on naysayers' faces suggests that it would be foolish to ignore the prospects for methane hydrate—and more foolish still not to consider the potential consequences."

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