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if we ran our cars on it, what would that do to demand and rate of consumption? how many years do we have then?
current US consumption of oil is between 18.6 and 21 million barrels per day.
Oil.com - United States Oil Consumption and Reserves: A matter of exponential growth and finite resources
Oil consumption statistics - countries compared - Nationmaster
It isn't really the false argument you set up. See, you are assuming that during that time period that any development of alternatives stops. We need to tap into what our known production can produce while we progress toward the bridge into new solutions. This meme of choke it off to spur that development is short sighted, and IMHO just plain dumb.
an important first step is to nationally increase our electrical grid significantly. any transition is probably going to involve electric, and our current grid can't handle it. a combination of vastly expanded nuclear technology (including non-uranium based energy) and renewables could help to fill the gap. and we certainly have a need for the jobs that it would create.
Then it should be hot enough to ram up someone's backside with an outcome that would deter them from doing this again.