At least, it could if electric-car adoption plays out the way some experts think it will.
The prognostication comes courtesy of the energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie, which has taken a fresh look at the shifting thirst for oil around the globe. Its analysts argue that “technological advances, both in fuel efficiency and the move to hybrid and electric vehicles, look set to disrupt demand” for gas, which they see tailing off from 2030. That’s earlier than some previous predictions, which expected peak demand to occur closer to 2040.
In other words, the 2030 prediction is a bold one, but that could actually prove to be around the time we tip toward needing less, rather than more, gas to move us all around. Put another way: it's not as implausible as it may first sound.