... we never run out of oil, asks Charles C.Mann and 11,000 words later my impression is he avoids the answer on purpose. Instead he explores how the demand for cheap energy soaks like a parasitic disease all aspects of daily live on each scale. In case 'peak oil' comes to your mind - forget about - Mann argues after oil there is still enough methane-hydrate. Actually we have to leave carbon not because it runs out, it is because of its sheer abundance on this planet.
TheAtlantic.com: What if we never run out of oil?