David L. Goodstein
David L. Goodstein:
So, what does the future hold? Well, for one thing, there will be an oil
crisis very soon. Whether that means it has already begun or won't happen
until later in this decade or sometime in the next decade, I don't know.
In my view, the numbers are not dependable enough for us to say. However,
while the difference between those estimates may be very important to
us, its of no importance at all on the time scale of human history.
Either we, our children, or perhaps our grandchildren, are in for some
very, very bad times.
From a talk given by David Goodstein at Caltech in April 2004, quoted
in the New York Times review of his book "Out of gas". See http://arral.org/news/wow/saved_6507.html
David L. Goodstein is a U.S. physicist and educator. Since 1988, he
has served as Vice-provost of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech),
where he is also a professor of physics and applied physics.