Carey, J., Holden, D., & Gershkovich, T. (2008, August 4). THE REAL QUESTION: SHOULD OIL BE CHEAP? (Cover story). Business Week, Retrieved February 17, 2009, from Academic Search Premier database. Holden and Gershkovich make a case for a tax policy that initiates a tax on oil anytime the market price falls below a predetermined threshold. This mechanism, their theory states, would keep oil prices at a level sufficient to stimulate investment in alternative energy sources.
Coons, R. (2008, December 22). Alternative Fuels. (Cover story). Chemical Week, 170(40), 20-21. Retrieved February 18, 2009, from Academic Search Premier database. Rebecca Coons describes the obstacles to alternative energy development presented by an economic downturn coupled with low oil prices.
Coy, P. (2008, September 15). CHEAPER GAS, CALMER DEBATE. Business Week,
Retrieved February 17, 2009, from Academic Search Premier database. Mr. Coy presents
a correlation between oil prices and public attention towards energy conservation.
Duncan, R. (2001, May). World Energy Production, Population Growth, and the Road to the Olduvai Gorge. Population & Environment, 22(5), 503-522. Retrieved February 18, 2009, from Business Source Premier database. Dr. Richard C. Duncan presents his Olduvai Theory, which states that the life expectancy of industrial civilization is approximately 100 years. Dr. Duncan basis his theory on global energy production per capita and theorizes global population has a linear relationship with global energy production.
Kieft, T., McCuddy, S., Onstott, T., Davidson, M., Lin, L., Mislowack, B., et al. (2005, September). Geochemically Generated, Energy-Rich Substrates and Indigenous Microorganisms in Deep, Ancient Groundwater. Geomicrobiology Journal, 22(6), 325-335. This report points to studies that indicate that the planetary biosphere extends to depths beyond 3 kilometers. Implications of this finding include the possibility of abiogenic energy sources that are exclusively geochemical and independent from photosynthesis. This report may provide grounds for an argument affirming Dr. Thomas Gold’s abiotic oil theory.
Sanford, J. (2008, October 27). CRUDE AWAKENING. Canadian Business, 81(18), 14-20. Retrieved February 18, 2009, from Academic Search Premier database. Sanford describes a post-carbon society and the market events that could lead up to it. Sanford predicts a general reduction in societal complexity and economic sophistication and a reversal of globalization.
Tucker, W. (2002, May). Bottomless Oil Wells?. American Spectator, 35(3), 58. Retrieved February 17, 2009, from Academic Search Premier database. Tucker summarizes the theory of Cornell University’s Dr. Thomas Gold. Gold’s highly controversial theory states that oil is formed in an inorganic geologic process.
Whipple, T. (2008, November). Peak oil. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 64(5), 34-37. Retrieved February 17, 2009, doi:10.2968/064005011. Whipple illustrates the contrast between the debate surrounding peak oil and the lack of serious discussion concerning actual global production of oil, which, according to the U.S. Energy Department and the IEA has remained flat since 2005.