Peak Oil Further Reading

Introduction to Peak Oil

Well, I was going to write a brief introduction to Peak Oil but before doing so I wanted to check to be sure I didn't reproduce something already produced. I then found that zteve t evans had written an excellent Explaining Peak Oil hub that I highly recommend you read. What follows in this hub are a variety of other links with descriptions of each to let you know what you will find there.

The Oil Drum

The Oil Drum is the most eminent and prominent of all resources on-line concerning Peak Oil. The Oil Drum has articles that cover the gamut of issues relating to Peak Oil written by a team of authors who are all well versed in their specific domains pertaining to Peak Oil. As a small subset, here are some examples of the topics covered:

  • How a specific country's oil production/consumption is trending and what global effect that will have
  • How a specific new technology will either save the day, or more often then not, fail to do so
  • Give a suggestion as to how the future will be based on specific criteria

Often the comments after a post are as educational or informational as the original article was, if not more so.

Early Warning

Early Warning is the blog by Oil Drum contributor Stuart Staniford. Stuart reads report after report issued by all of the worlds' various entities that have to do with Peak Oil and succinctly summarizes and interprets them to filter to us, the reader, the key bits of information. He often uses graphs that he produces to help illustrate a point, or to show a trend, making an understanding of the issue all the clearer for us.

Club Orlov

Club Orlov is the blog from author and speaker Dmitry Orlov. Dmitry left Russia in the midst of its collapse and went back to visit a number of times to see how things were faring. With the information he gleaned during those visits he was able to write Reinveting Collapse which describes his five stages of collapse. He then goes on, through this book and through the entries in his blog, to give examples of how the US is moving through those stages presently. His posts are poignant, articulate and informative. It is instructive to read his writing as he is able to show how events that are currently proceeding in the US compare to similar events that happened in Russia.

Life After The Oil Crash

Life After The Oil Crash was the website of Matthew Simmons, Oil Investment Banker and high profile Peak Oil proponent. The website doesn't exist anymore, however, I thought to mention it as it was the first website I read that opened my eyes to Peak Oil. When I first found out about Peak Oil I was in a state of shock for a few days when it dawned on me that the future would be extremely different from the past. Peak Oil and its ramifications are not for the weak of heart or mind - there must be some who learn about this who would have preferred to remain ignorant.

Ignorant of Peak Oil?

After having found out exactly what peak oil is and what it means for the future, would you have preferred to have never heard about it?

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Any others?

Do you have any websites that you read concerning Peak Oil that you think would be good to add to this list? Let me know in the comments.

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whoisbid 5 years ago

I don't think about Peak Oil because I believe it is propaganda but thanks for this and I voted up!


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

If you read enough oil drum, running on empty yahoo group, Stuart Staniford, you'll come to realize that it isn't propaganda. Thanks for the vote up.


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whoisbid 5 years ago

I believe that "Peak Oil" is an art form and I hope you will still be friendly with me if I am not convinced in the slightest.


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

I judge no one, it serves no purpose. You are absolutely free to have and express your opinion, and I support you in that. I won't even say 'I told you so' a few years from now when oil scarcity is determined the cause of the woes facing society.


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whoisbid 5 years ago

I actually judge everyone and I judge you as a good bloke! Remember that a Blog needs opposition so that others can come here to fight you with me. If this happens it will be beneficial to your cause because enemy contributions increase the Blog word count and it's relevancy. Some people are really sneaky and create Blogs about this with multiple Avatars who fight for and against Peak Oil and when people see the comments they get emotional and add to them. Did you know this kind of thing is going on? If not, then you owe me a beer as long as it is not too near a Plasma incinerator.. Just Kidding.. anywhere is fine!


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

I did not, and the beer is on its way.

I think it would be too much effort to argue both sides of an issue, well, at last for me.


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whoisbid 5 years ago

It is easy Phil Plasma! You just start using foul language and attacking yourself, your intellect, your race, your religion and your education with your multiple Avatars. You write a serious blog with no errors in it and then have 100 fake users spoil it. You can complain about the low quality response from the Avatars and tell people to refrain from using too many expletives and to keep "on topic"

Once the page is popular you then close the Blog Commenting and start a new one!


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

Like I said, too much effort.


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mattdigiulio 5 years ago

Well said. Is it too late to vote this baby as undisputed nugget?


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

No, it isn't too late, thanks.

http://hubpages.com/politics...


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ripplemaker 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Yippee you are a Hubnuggets Wannabe! I know you already know but ripplemaker is here to congratulate you along with the rest of the Hubnuggets team. Congrats and best of luck.

To read and vote: http://hubpages.com/hubnuggets6/hub/ABC-HubNugget-...


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

Thanks RM! I was surprised to be nominated for my Brick hub, but really had no idea I would be nominated a second time.


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Pintoman 5 years ago

Peak oil is a good argument. However, the Russians proved that oil could be a naturally occurring substance produced by heat and chemical reactions deep in the earth. Seems to be the case since we are producing more oil than ever before and we were supposed to be out of oil long, long ago. So we've had peak oil before, and still here we are producing more oil.


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

Sweet Light Crude peaked in 2005. Global liquid production has plateaued at around 87-88 million barrels per day since then. We aren't producing more oil. Read Stuart's or Dmitry's blogs regularly enough and you'll come to know the truth.


Richard Komorowski 5 years ago

Here are a few more worthwhile websites:

George Monbiot exposed the IEA's habit of reporting what people wanted to hear regarding Peak Oil, rather than the facts. He also has an exceptionally interesting series about nuclear power in the aftermath of Fukushima.

http://www.monbiot.com/

Jeff Rubin is one of the few economists who actually seems to understand economics! His book "Your World is about to get a Whole Lot Smaller" is a must-read.

http://www.jeffrubinssmallerworld.com/blog/

DeSmogBlog really offers the dirt on Big Oil/Coal and the science denial industry

http://www.desmogblog.com/


jimmylesaint 5 years ago

Oil production must peak. inevitable and considering the amount of things we use oil for. No wonder we haven't run out already. There was a book i read recently(lent it too my brother) which was written in 2004 or 2007 which was about peak oil. This particular fiction book described civil unrest in the north African/Middle East arena preventing oil coming out and a blown up tanker in the English Channel. Far fetched perhaps?? Certainly though without oil we are stuffed.Perhaps why USA and UK invaded middle east as they know how close we are to peaking?! May be time to solar power your lot


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

Yes, it is time indeed. The problem with where I live is that it gets really cold in the winter for many months, when sunlight hours are at their lowest. How do I keep my house warm without fossil fuel energy? This is something I have to work out before the impacts of peak oil really do come to fruition.


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

Richard, thanks for the links, I have added them to the hub.


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randslam 5 years ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

Peak Oil is a definite concern, but interestingly, many consumers are of the mindset of the comedian, Dennis Miller who says, "I'll guzzle up as much oil as I can in my Hummer until we run out--then they can bring out the next fuel for my consumption."

It isn't even a joke, but many material people are of this mindset. "Necessity is the mother of invention," they say, and for the Oil Age to end doesn't bother them in the slightest. "The scientists will come up with the next latest and greatest fuel for us."

When one thinks that we can't make plastic components without oil--and plastic has become the core of our lives--we can imagine what we wouldn't be doing right now without plastic--keyboards, televisions, toys, cars, furniture, credit cards--what isn't made of plastic?

It is a Road Warrior-type of tragedy, but because people are unwilling to accept the fact that climate change and peak oil are real and occurring makes me wonder--how sane is the human race, and why do we continue to turn from realities that could be occurring in our lifetimes?


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

Why do we continue? The people who are in power want the status quo to remain for as long as possible so that they can keep the power they have and enjoy their lives of luxury. Until society really does come to a crashing halt, there is little us peons can do about it.


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whoisbid 5 years ago

Hey Phil. Your Blog page is healthy for Peak Oil Now and you could start a website. I will be happy to contest you and show people that they are being duped by propaganda and you will then owe me a wine case and not just beers alone. The world currently has FAR too much oil and Peak Oil is a form of manipulation. People who believe in peak oil are victims of powerful propaganda (LOL) and need to spend some time with individuals who own oil companies to know the facts. I doubt many people here will have too many friends who are billionaires but I could be wrong. Maybe all of you have incredibly deep pockets and are "in the know" as to the actual potential oil reserves.

I hope that the Brazilians join your blog because some of them might have some interesting things to say about deep wells and what they ACTUALLY contain *volume vs volume.. compared to what we are used to.

I have a hunch that there is a large percentage of school teachers on HubPages and it might be difficult to find the truth because tons of facts are kept from the general public on these topics. This is a world of speculation and stock manipulation so the more confused everyone is the easier it is to exploit them.


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

There is certainly a possibility that what I am reading and what I have been led to believe is all hocus pocus and that I am being fed propaganda. However, my gut tells me that peak oil is real, and the way my gasoline prices and heating oil prices are changing is giving me local evidence.


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whoisbid 5 years ago

The Gasoline Prices are decided by the cartels. Maybe you should do a Hub on Opec and how world gasoline prices are decided. I will come and comment on it because a lot of people don't know how this all happens.


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

I don't know either. Saudi Arabia for the longest time was the swing pump. They aren't any longer. Opec's hold on the prices we pay is being eroded by their own country's quest for a western world existence.


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago

I shall add to the banter. whoisbid ~ That is sick behavior! Play fair. Be Real.


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

Debby, thanks for adding your two cents - be real indeed.


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whoisbid 5 years ago

The Oil is still flowing my friends and if this page survives another 30 years it will still be flowing and there will still be Peak Oil speculation propaganda. At least we will all have lots to talk about and of course people like me are necessary because it is not healthy to always take one side on a matter that is almost impossible for any of us to prove either way. Peak Oil is a great topic and I am looking forward to your dedicated website on the subject so that I will have something more to do in future.


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

I'd love to give you some work in terms of refutation efforts, however, I just started a new job and so my hubbing time is going to be drastically reduced. This leaves even less time for full-on peak oil website.


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whoisbid 4 years ago

Some guy just wrote a document refuting Phil Plasma. LOL! http://socyberty.com/issues/peak-oil-is-a-myth/


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Phil Plasma 4 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

This isn't the first one to oppose the concept. "Scientists way back already predicted Peak Oil for the 60’s and 70’s but it never happened." - where's the proof? M. King Hubbert predicted that oil production in the US would peak around 1970, and it did. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M._King_Hubbert

The first link, debunking the myth, talks a lot about brand new enormous finds of "oil". What he is referring to are poor quality oil substitutes that may be large, but has a very slow output.

The second link talks about Saudi Arabia claiming that they have oil enough for 70-100 years. They have not reduced their reported reserves since the mid 1980's - does this mean that they are replenishing, barrel for barrel, what they are producing with oil they are finding? Ludicrous. The Saudis are keeping their production potential and true reserves to themselves and all evidence points to them running at full production with no ability to increase.

I am not phased by such.


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whoisbid 4 years ago

From time to time it is necessary for me to come back here and visit one of your more prominent works.


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Phil Plasma 4 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

I appreciate your return visits, reminding me that I should return the favour.


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whoisbid 4 years ago

It is ok Phil. Even if you come and vote things up, the scores will go down again but thanks anyway. I actually have a beef with some Canadians right now but I don't think they are real Canadians and I hate to think that those scumbags represent Canada. As for the Hubs, I am more interested in Google traffic at the moment which means I have to write about things I have no personal interest in. Then again, you may not see me here for months if I find something more distracting.


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Phil Plasma 4 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

I'm curious to know what beef you have with Canadians, maybe you should hub about it. I'd be more interested in Google traffic also, but I don't think a lot of people search for inane.

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