A Bloomberg Opinion column laying out the case that the "oil age has come to a close" attracted more than 100 comments on The Courier and Daily Comet's Facebook pages. Here are selected, edited comments. Read them all or join the conversation at facebook.com/houmatoday or facebook.com/dailycomet.
Ronan Kierans: All the big companies -- Shell, BP, Statioil, etc. -- are already diversifying into renewable energy. Offshore wind, for example, to take advantage of their offshore skills. The oil age may be nearing its end (possibly by mid-century), but energy companies (as they are now calling themselves) are adaptable and versatile. In short, their will always be jobs in the energy industry.
Dominic Amedee: Even Gulf Island is building offshore platforms to support wind turbines. To your point, just because your expertise is in one industry doesn’t mean it can’t be adapted to another.
Lydia Szanyi Boudreaux: Anyone currently working in or depending on oil who doesn't already see a drop-off is blind. It's already happening. Why do you think the Houma-Terrebonne economy is lagging behind the rest of the country right now, waiting for oil to come back? No, it will not happen next year. But we put all our eggs in one basket, and all it takes is a minor drop to utterly devastate our economy. Now is the time to wake up and start diversifying.
Trent Burke: The shop I work at has been trying to hire people for months. Can’t get people to work.
Maureen Theriot Bergeron: It's not a straight line. It's more like a roller coaster, except the next high won't be as high as the last one, and the next low will be lower than the last one. Anyone still hoping for a magical comeback will be waiting for a very long time.
Carol Robbins Sandlin: Before issuing such a dire warning/opinion, please research the current and foreseeable future’s replacement options. Currently all the options combined are not enough to replace the usage in the US alone. I am all for renewable energy sources, but they are just not advanced enough to replace oil usage.
Lucas LeCompte: Maybe in another 100 years. Electric vehicles still can not tow things very well. How do you think electric cars get to the dealerships? How do you think things are shipped? What type of engine do the machines use that mine the lithium that is used in the electric vehicles? They all run on diesel. Until battery tech advances, oil-based fuels aren't going anywhere. Plus, we use oil for more than just fuel. Lots of things are made out of it.
Jessica Reyes: Fake news.