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Lovins 10 (0:36)
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My colleague, retired Navy Captain Scott Pew, has a nice way of visualizing how much oil the world is using everyday. Its eighty-five million barrels—now a barrel is twenty inches in diameter, 30 inches high, so lets take a bunch of barrels and lay them down end to end on the ground. Eighty-five million of them go around the world one and a half times and that's how much we use every day. Now, if you take out the ends of the barrel so they're a continuous twenty-inch diameter pipeline, in order to get around the world one and a half times in a day, that oil has to be flowing at rate mach-2, twice the speed of sound.



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