National Geographic : 1978 Jul
It's never been easy to predict the energy of the future. One hundred and fifty years ago, when our chief source of fuel was wood, few people guessed it would someday be coal. Seventy five years ago, when we depended mainly on coal, few peo ple foresaw our present dependence on petroleum. Now, as petroleum becomes more difficult to find, it's similarly difficult to predict the energy of the future. But one thing seems certain: The next several generations will be char acterized by the use of many forms of energy-some familiar and some new. Today, Conoco produces oil, natu ral gas, coal and uranium. And what we learn from this effort helps us develop tomorrow's energy. For in stance, we're working on ways to change coal into other useful forms, such as synthetic gas and oil. Thus we can help bridge the time gap until still newer forms of energy, such as solar, can make an important contribution. At Conoco, we're not certain what the future of energy will be. But we're helping create it. (conoco) Doing more with energy. To learn more about what we're doing with energy, write Dept. F, Continental Oil Company, Stamford, Conn. 06904.