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Architecture & Engineering


By Clair Enlow

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January 2, 2008

Design Perspectives: Are we reaching peak pavement?

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You've heard of peak oil. That's the point when oil production is at its maximum and begins to decline. We don't know when it's coming, or if it has already passed. Some would argue that oil is a kind of renewable resource. The earth makes it and we use it, like teenagers on an allowance.

But by the time we know how much oil is left it may be too late. The impacts of oil and the cost of our dependence on it may overwhelm anything we can do to reverse the damage. That would include global warming, massive pollution and distorted international relations.

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