Our Oil Dependece, It’s as Scary as Ever
Our existence is so heavily dependent on oil, in every aspect of our lives, for our cars and agricultural system. And as important as oil is for our existence as we know it, we take it for granted far too much. There is very little doubt that the world’s supply of oil has reached its peak and since oil does not replenish itself very quickly, it will take millions of years to replenish our oil sources. So we need to be finding new alternative energy sources to help extend our oil supply.
It is also very hard to say if we have reached the peak in oil because it is scattered randomly throughout the world and we could not calculate how much is left. Alternative energy to human dependency on oil is the question we all find ourselves asking and what benefits we might encounter.
We have been exploiting oil for many years now. Thirty five years ago oil companies were producing 8 million barrels per day and now they are producing a little less than 3 million barrels (Turk & Bensel, 2011). With these numbers you can understand why there is an argument that oil production has reached the peak. They are creating new ways to drill the oil because there is some oil that is not taken from the wells with the technology that we have been using for years so developing new ways to remove more is what oil companies are trying to do. The new ways of drilling include Directional Drilling, Horizontal Drilling, and 3-D seismic technology. Directional drilling drills holes directionally rather than vertically like all previous hole were drilled allowing them to get real-time information on the subsurface location throughout the drilling process. Horizontal drilling is similar to directional drilling but it is designed to cut horizontally through the middle of the oil and natural gas deposits. 3-D seismic technology allows us to have a clearer picture of what lies beneath the surface making it easier to find undiscovered oil (Turk &...