Rush Limbaugh doesn’t understand what finite resources are, thinks oil will literally last forever

September 7, 2014

Energy

“Obama is a clown. You don’t have to be a scientist to know that the President doesn’t know what he’s talking about when he says fossil fuels are the energy of the past. We have more oil than we need. We’ll never run out of it. It’s all we’ve got.

– Rush Limbaugh on March 8, 2011

Regardless of political affiliations, there are a lot of false statements to be corrected here. It would actually be much better to be a scientist, or to at least consult a reliable energy expert before criticizing the President’s statements on energy. 

According to the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, at our current usage rate, the world’s oil reserves will last for about 40 years. By 2040 production rates may be down to 20% of current levels. On the other hand, British Petroleum (BP) claims that the current reserves will last 53.3 years. The rate at which we are using oil and the amount remaining are up for debate, but nevertheless oil is a finite resource

He also suggests that it is our only practical energy source. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, fossil fuels comprised about 67% of our total energy production, and while that is a large portion, it’s not “all we’ve got,” and should not discourage us from researching innovative forms of energy production. 

Yes, he’s an entertainer first, but when he makes scientifically inaccurate statements, he should be held accountable.

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I'm a Yale graduate who majored in History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health.

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