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The Bookshelf: April 20, 2016

In this week's Bookshelf, our content partner Kirkus Reviews highlights The Oracle of Oil.

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THE ORACLE OF OIL: A Maverick Geologist's Quest for a Sustainable Future

by Mason Inman

The professional accomplishments of oil seer M. King Hubbert (1903-1989) are the subject of this assiduously researched book … Unhappy at Columbia, Hubbert took a government job in Washington, D.C., but, again unhappy, he left for Houston and a career at Shell Oil. ... He warned that the world would eventually run out of oil. He demonstrated the inevitable with a bell curve graph that came to be known as “Hubbert’s Peak” ... According to his reckoning, we are on the cusp of the downward slope of the curve, the inevitable exhaustion of hydrocarbons and, probably, the decline of life as we know it. Inman provides enlightenment on a persistently intractable topic and praise for the scientist who clearly saw the consequences of our reliance on oil.

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