A single large sperm whale could yield as much as three tons of sperm oil. And things don't seem to be changing. I see much more residual demand remaining after most oil is extracted, as oil will remain useful for many things. Curiously enough, the meat wasn't used for much more than animal feed consumption, until about 50s after which industrial sailing whale meat factories started offering it more and more to Russian and Japanese markets in quantity. In , the United States documented 4. In comparison, crude oil is such a basic commodity in our world that it is not surprising that prices have risen so steeply.
This leads to lower wages and further increases in the percent of income dedicated to food and fuel. Whale oil production and prices adjusted for inflation according to Starbuck's data. We have always had another often better choice. The gas turbine requires tons of material per year to manage what the wind turbine does with tons per 20 years. An interesting bit of economics is that for species which reproduce more slowly than the rate of interest available to exploiters banking their money, one can optimize ROI by wiping out the species as quickly as possible and banking the money. Preston Sturges on May 15, -
Its interesting the good agreement with the different curves. So most of the history of whaling until to the first warnings of the collapse of stocks s was about industrial use of whale oil in its various forms. Margaret Spellings Engineer-Poet on May 15, - 1: One can't predict in detail what will happen in our complex and unprecedented situation.
The herring is now back some 50 years later ….. The dollar has gone through a great devaluation in the same time frame that oil has gone up. I suspect the European Union, or at least the two main powers, France and Germany, are keeping the Swedes down via their proxies the whales. There are also differences; for instance the prices of whale oil didn't rise so much as crude oil has been doing lately. Several harpoon types and a spear second from the bottom. Of course as fishing collapses the fish farms will have to move to more land based protein sources leading to even more pressure on agriculture products. Idled herring-fleet western Norway in early 60's.