Could the earth’s supply of energy actually be infinite? Well that’s the startling premise of a new book called The Bottomless Well by policy experts Peter Huber and Mark Mills. According to the book, energy supply is determined not by how much is available, but rather, by how good we are at finding it and extracting it. So, for instance, the faster we extract oil, the harder and smarter we work at doing things that once seemed impossible, like collecting oil from Canadian tar sands. The authors further believe that since hybrid engines will soon lead to cars propelled by fuel-fired power grids, and that gasoline engines will soon be replaced by silicon and electric power, technological advance means we will never run out of energy.

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