In the text, ‘contradictory estimates of oil reserve data available in the public domain.’ (lines 38-39) refers to the fact that
the figures on the probable amount of remaining oil in reserves known have been inaccurately announced.
researchers in the Smith School have reached conclusions on the use of energy alternatives that confirm the opinion of political leaders.
oil reserves estimates should be readjusted to indicate that around twelve hundred billion barrels are available for consumption.
political and financial concerns have led to the announcement of precise data on oil production available to the public.
only 850-900 billion barrels will be produced by the middle of the current decade.