Las Vegas rollercoaster by Stuart McMillen


A high angle view of geologist M. King Hubbert in a roller coaster car, looking over Las Vegas, Nevada.

Las Vegas rollercoaster is a scene from Stuart McMillen’s comic Peak Oil (2015), about fossil fuel depletion. The comic follows American geologist M. King Hubbert (1903–1989), who studied the fossil fuel reserves of both the United States and the total Earth. Stuart’s comic underlines the continued relevance of Hubbert’s work today, on a planet of finite resources.

In this Las Vegas scene, Hubbert imagines himself at the peak of global petroleum production. He uses this vantage point to “see the wise investments which will continue to serve humanity after the oil is gone”, as well as seeing “the foolish wastes which should never have been built.”
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