4816"How to Live Without Oil": Amory Lovins Newsweek Article
- Aug 1, 2005http://msnbc.msn.com/id/8769620/site/newsweek/
How to Live Without Oil
New energy sources and efficiency could make petroleum obsolete.
By Amory B. Lovins
Aug. 8, 2005 issue - In 1850, most homes in the United States were lit
by lamps that burned whale oil. As demand rose, supply dwindledwhales
became shy and scarceand prices for whale oil climbed. Then
alternative fuels such as smokeless, odorless coal-kerosene began to
sweep the market. By 1859, when Edwin Drake struck oil in
Pennsylvania, five sixths of all whale-oil lamps had switched to the
new fuels. The astonished whalers, who hadn't heeded the competition,
ran out of customers before they ran out of whales.
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