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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 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 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?
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.
Links from the Comments
- George Monbiot
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.
- Blog | Jeff Rubin | Jeff Rubin
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.
DeSmogBlog really offers the dirt on Big Oil/Coal and the science denial industry.