How long before the world starts running short of oil? Have we hit the peak of oil production already, or do we have until mid-century? This week on ScienceLive, we’ll chat with two experts on oil as a critical energy source. They’ll answer your questions on a variety of pressing questions, including whether hot new technology can boost world production, how the United States might reduce its dependence on foreign oil, and the biggie, how much breathing room we have before the inevitable peak.
Join us at 3 p.m. EST on Thursday, 2 February, for a live chat on this page. You can leave your questions in the comment box below before the chat starts.
Mark Finley is general manager of global energy markets and U.S. economics at BP. In addition to analyzing the economics and politics of the world oil market, he has produced market assessments for natural gas, electricity, carbon, and coal. He manages the annual production of the BP Statistical Review of World Energy (now in its 60th year). Finley is also a vice president of the International Association for Energy Economics.
David Greene is a corporate fellow of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and a senior fellow of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy at the University of Tennessee. He has spent more than 30 years researching energy policy issues related to transportation and oil dependence and has published more than 250 reports and journal articles on energy and related issues.