redshoez999 asked in Environment · 1 decade ago

What will happen when the world runs out of its natural resources gas and oil.?

Your predictions on world events and sustaining our energy demand please.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    "What will happen when the world runs out of its natural resources gas and oil.?", people have been saying same thing since 1800's but is it yet?

    There is still "way to much" of gas and oil left in he planet. I was watching in T.V. and it some North part of Canada...there is enough of oil resource that it can fulfill the demand for coming 100 years (1 century)...the difference is the oil in that place needs much of refining than oil found in Middle East...which makes it costly than the oil in Middle East...that's y it is not in use. Beside, the South pole's (specifically, Antarctica) oil is not even touched.

    "Necessity is the mother of Invention", Incase, gas and oil run out we master minds will find one way or another...that is y we are humans...we don't live in condition as other species but we make 'em as it suits us. Suppose, a Tiger with poor vision might die because he won't be a good hunter but a human with poor vision uses glasses/ contacts and he is just as normal.

  • 4 years ago

    Yeahhhhhh because the BP Oil spill really put a dent in the natural reserves of the entire world........ the answer is obviously yes. Everyday we find new oil but everyday we are using oil and eventually we will run out probably later than the media propaganda is telling you but yeah we will have to eventually. I personally think we will have figured out way more efficient uses of natural resources before we find alternative resources. Like Trains. way efficient that whole metal on metal contact not a lot of friction going on their. I have a feeling highspeed trains will start becoming economically because of the use of so little gas and if you can go from on part of the nation to the other in the same time why not use the train. It will probably cut the airline industry down hugely. Yeah I think in our lifetime we will see alot of changes not in alternative resources but in using the resources we have better.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The question you are really asking is what happens when we run out of "cheap" energy. That has already occurred. There is no more oil at $2 a barrel, but $100 a barrel oil is plentiful.

    The chemical elements on earth don't disappear or get used up, they just end up in different places. Given enough energy we can extract gold from seawater. So we never really run out of atomic matter, it is just how much effort it takes to recover and purify what people consider valuable in their culture, that has changed throughout history.

    Aluminum was once more expensive than gold, now it is used for grilling food. People have spent enormous efforts on recovering gold, but except for coins, rings, and some plating applications, gold is fairly useless in the industrial world.

    As far as specific concentrations of energy minerals that can be economically recovered, there is about a 70 year supply of uranium that can fuel reactors. For more info see:

    And remember most of the earth has not been prospected for natural resources. As soon as the price of a mineral goes up, it is amazing how much suddenly appears out of the woodwork.

    In short, current levels of energy consumption and use of natural resources can be sustained indefinitely.

    Although people worry about earth's population, it is estimated to level off at about 9 billion people, 3 billion more than today.

    If the earth supports 6 billion today, another 3 billion won't be a problem. I could personally cut back on my living space and energy use by 3/4 ... and not feel any hardship.

  • 1 decade ago

    It's very simple - it won't run out. 15 years ago we were supposed to run out by 2010, looks like that dire prediction won't happen. There are MASSIVE untapped reservoirs, oil sands, and tars all over the world. It just won't happen in any of our lifetimes. With that said the industrial age only happened 100+ years ago - 100 years from now the technology on this planet will be mind blowing. As with everything, people will adapt and find new sources of cheap energy.

    Source(s): Me, myself, and I
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  • 1 decade ago

    Electric cars will catch on and that electricty will be produced by a combination of coal (unitl it runs out too), nuclear power, and wind and solar. You already see a lot of hybrid cars out there. I think gas won't all of a sudden run out- it will just get more and more expensive. When it reaches like 20 dollars a gallon, most gas stations will have to go bank rupt but by that time most people will have electric cars anyway. I don't think this change is going to be as sudden as people assume. But it is good that we are already preparing for it. Like I heard 30% of PG+E's electricity comes from wind water and solar energy. I expect gas prices to raise a dollar every year- meaning they will be about 13 dollars a gallon in 10 years.

    Source(s): I've taken a college energy course about this.
  • 1 decade ago

    I answered this question a few days ago when I wrote about living on Mars. Here is what I said:

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    This is a great question! I think you should read the book "The Case for Mars" by Dr. Robert Zubrin, PhD, available on and in many local bookstores.

    Briefly, to answer your question, it is a fact that the human standard of living and overall prosperity is directly proportional to per capita energy use. The higher the better. In order to lift humanity out of poverty, we will need vast, vast amounts of energy. Fossil fuels won't do it. The only really practical source for all this energy is thermonuclear fusion, the same power that powers the sun. The fuel for this cannot be found in any quantity here on Earth. There is a little on the Moon, but most of this fuel is to be found almost totally in the atmospheres of the giant planets. In a couple of centuries, we will be routinely obtaining our fusion fuel from places like Uranus and Neptune, and Mars is a MUCH more favorable place to base this operation than either the Earth or the Moon. This is because Mars is very earthlike, but yet has very low gravity. Mars is the only place in the solar system where food crops can be grown out in the open countryside, other than the Earth, for instance. Furthermore, Mars is much closer to the riches of the asteroid belt.

    The bottom line is that a very high tech desirable prosperous branch of humanity will develop there. Most of the wealth of the solar system will be concentrated there, both in the hands of governments and individuals. 200 years from now, living on Mars will be like living in Beverly Hills, or Silicon Valley, and living anywhere on Earth will be the pits. The first Starships to colonize other stars will likely be launched from Mars, or one of the moons of Mars. I would move there in a heartbeat, and I will encourage my children and grandchildren to do the same. I hope this helps.

  • Diena
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    happen world runs natural resources gas oil

  • 1 decade ago

    We will never completely run out of oil. Because down the line the cost to extract the oil be more than the oil is worth. It will force us to develop new technology. When there is pressure, people make large strides, when there is no pressure to change, development is slower. I see much more solar, wind and hydroelectric power facilities.

  • Doc E
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Gas and oil are used to produce power. There are many other way, but those are two of the easiest, cheapest and traditional way to do it. By the time they run out, we will hopefully have devised ways to produce power more cheaply and ecologically safe and have the infrastructure built to be able to utilize there technologies.

  • 1 decade ago

    By then, technological advances in new sources of energy will have replaced the need to use fossil fuels. I would bet that a time will come when we will stop pumping oil out of the ground, that we will leave large amounts of fossil fuels to rest in peace.

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