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November 23 , 2007

The Last Barrel of Oil


Richard Martin is an American economist and presidential advisor. He is concerned with the direction in which the world is being steered by the delegates of the oil-producing countries who are considering a reduction in oil production. Suggestions are being made that preparations to live without oil must be made now before we are down to the last barrel. Continued global growth has accelerated the reality and Richard Martin contemplates having to change his lifestyle and relinquish his hard-earned comforts. His wife, Sherry, is a beautiful, athletic, intelligent, and successful corporate lawyer. What more could a man want? Lately, she has not provided him the solace she once had. This worries her. Was there someone else? Was she going to go through this again?

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