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U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 00–320

Are We Running Out of Oil?

By L.B. Magoon

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This poster asks and answers 17 questions starting with: "Q! Are we running out of oil? A! Wrong question! The question is 'When is THE BIG ROLLOVER?'" and "Q! What's THE BIG ROLLOVER? A! It's when the demand for oil outstrips the capacity to produce it" then ending with: "Q! What should we do to prepare for THE BIG ROLLOVER? A! Hang on tight, if we don't recognize the problem soon and deal with it, it's going to be quite a ride!"

Last modified March 16, 2012
First posted August 8, 2000

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Magoon, L.B., 2000, Are We Running Out of Oil?: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 00–320. available at

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