Memo to Malthus: Give It a Rest, Already
(who? Look it up, people). We have plenty of fossil fuels right here in the US under our very feet. How much? I realize that there is some controversy about the calculations and amounts, so I have rounded these numbers to the nearest 100 years (since fracking has proven itself, I have included it) using current consumption assuming no imports:
King Coal 2.3 centuries
Crude Oil 2 centuries
Natural Gas 1 century
Every few years, someone makes a big media splash proclaiming that: we are squandering a limited resource; we are running out; we are on a long ride off of a short pier; we are using it all up and it will never come back; blah, blah, blah. Then, oops, it turns out they were wrong.
I am old enough to have seen this cycle come and go several times. Even TMF writers are not immune: when hawking their favorite solar stocks, they point to this to bolster their argument.
C'mon folks: stick a fork in it, it's done.