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PBS website series Extreme Oil. The site is not only rich with information on oil's history, but also links to other sites with greater detail and data.

A more detailed history is available in a book by Daniel Yergin The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power, from Simon and Schuster published in 1991

I also used the US Department of Energy (DOE) as a primary data source. The Energy Information Administration (EIA), which is part of the DOE, maintains a site which is great place to start. It is very easy to find data, mostly in tables, and downloadable into spreadsheets.

My data on the real oil price series from 1946 on comes from there. Almost all of the data used to support the graphs, including the pie charts, also come from there, the exception being the data to support the long term oil data from 1861, which I found at the British Petroleum website in their Annual Report.

Some of my information on reserves of oil came from the World Energy Council - check their Survey of Energy Resources for more details on both reserves and issues related to alternative fuel's usability.

To find energy alternatives use Yippy, which clusters the results from other search engines on a variety of keywords. The results are remarkable. (this is the successor search engine to Vivismo). You can find individuals selling all sorts of energy saving devices, from solar ovens to wind power generators to photovoltaics. But you also find a lot of information about energy alternatives.

I linked to the DOE's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy site for information about wind, solar, geothermal and biomass energy.

For more information about Hubbert's Peak (the idea of peak oil) take a look at http://www.hubbertpeak.com/ for a very one-sided view. The internet is filled with sites that seem to want to announce that the peak is either past, or is coming soon ...

If global warming interests you, consider the Marian Koshland, National Academies of Science, Pew Center as a source for information and data. It can be found at and is full of great graphics and data that you can use to form your own opinion.

Other environmental resources can be found at the Resources for the Future homepage, at http://www.rff.org/ which covers a wide range of topics with the intent of providing a balanced view.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should also be included in these issues, and they can found at http://www.epa.gov