peak oil

Introduction to Peak Oil

Listening to the 'market experts' on your evening news, you could be forgiven for thinking that oil production is governed purely by economic theories. It is going to be a painful lesson, but even the economists will soon learn that the production of oil is in fact governed by very sound geological principles and the laws of physics.


The 'Zero Carbon Australia' Plan

Cross posted from The Oil Drum

I thought I would share the key graphics and information from the synopsis report of the Zero Carbon Australia plan by Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE). Note also the launch of the full report in Melbourne on 14th July.


Energy independence. This time for sure.

Jon Stewart of 'The Daily Show': The last eight US presidents have gone on television and promised to move America towards an energy-independent future.

Funny, but sad.

Peak Oil: A Detailed and Transparent Analysis

Phil Hart and Chris Skrebowski - 30th May 2007

Industry professionals and studious observers, through the Association for the Study of Peak Oil (ASPO) and other networks, have made a remarkable contribution to the dialogue concerning future oil production. They continue to provide detailed analysis, using all of the data available to them, and present a compelling argument for a near-term peak in global oil production. A growing number of government, corporate and community stakeholders find the case convincing and increasingly robust.



Everybody is feeling a little short changed when it comes to petrol prices.

But Phil Hart, from the Australian Association for the Study of Peak Oil, is not upset with the price at the pump. Instead, he is wound up by the economists and their explanation that high prices are the fault of refineries in the United States. While there is a grain of truth to that argument, the US has for a long time required imports to make up for a shortfall in refining capacity.

To meet insatiable demand, Asian refineries are crying out for oil but producers in the Middle East can't keep up, Hart says. “Crude oil production is lower than at any time in the previous two years so somebody has to lose out. We are amongst the winners because, so far, consumers have been prepared to pay the price”.


Did you know I write for The Age?

All those folks who think I should get a real job can go jump.
I'm famous now.. two articles in 'The Age' in the space of five days.

Read all about it:

Oil Companies Running Hard to Stand Still:
The Age, Business Section back page, Friday 16th March 2007.

Esso/BHP could put carbon under sea:
The Age, Business Section, Tuesday 20th March 2007.


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