Building a world of
resilient communities.



Peak oil - Dec 15

Click on the headline (link) for the full text.

Many more articles are available through the Energy Bulletinhomepage

'Peak Oil Theory' Demands Energy Alternatives
(audio and text)
John Burnett, Weekend Edition, National Public Radio
Plummeting gasoline and diesel prices have given consumers relief at the pump. But oil pessimists believe the current slump in demand will pass. And when it does, the world will be in the same fix it was before the global recession. The era of easy oil is behind us. According to those who believe in what's called "peak oil theory," world oil production has already peaked, or flattened, and in the foreseeable future, the declining resource will inevitably change the way we live.

Brainstorming How To Stop Using Oil

A group in Austin, Texas, meets once a month to prepare for the end of oil. They call themselves Crude Awakening.

"When gas prices peaked here about six months ago, we had the largest meeting in July. We had about 25 people show up," said Brian McNerney, a 46-year-old retired Army lieutenant colonel.

On a recent night, about a dozen people showed up. What this group does — and dozens like it around the United States and the globe do — is trade lifestyle tips on how to kick oil addiction.
(13 December 2008)
NPR does peak oil - I'd never thought I'd see the day. Fairly good job too. -BA

Simmons and Hirch at Energy Roundable
Jim Puplava, Financial Sense Newshour
Chairman, Simmons & Company International
Author, Twilight in the Desert

Senior Energy Advisor at MISI and consultant in energy, technology and management
(13 December 2008)
EB reader Rick Munroewrites:

This conversation between Matt Simmons and Robert Hirsch contains information which needs to be considered with some urgency.

The key messages are these:

    The IEA is finally on board, and last month's World Energy Outlook (esp. chapters 10-13) cannot be ignored or dismissed. Simmons says he is "so proud" of Birol and his team (minute 28).

  • The WEO warns that even with timely investment, we appear headed for an oil supply crunch. However, the current recession is resulting in plummeting investment, not the necessary surge.
  • There has been much focus on demand destruction and falling oil prices, but the untold story is the much greater destruction of future supply (min. 12). (The information that I've seen indicates a drop in consumption of about 1 mbd, with global consumption still around 85 mbd. But the price has dropped to one-third of the July high, so the consumption drop is in no way commensurate with the price drop.)
  • Despite the recent lull in prices & public concern, the situation has therefore become much more serious: "We have a fire in the theatre" (min. 22). Mexico's decline is terrifying; it may be done as an exporter in a year's time (min. 35), with implications for Mexican stability and US import supply.
    Simmons thinks that we will be lucky to produce 60 mbd of crude in 5 years time (min. 43).

  • Both he and Hirsch indicated that not only is there "no quick fix", there may be no effective fix at all (min. 16). Market forces cannot solve this; we need government leadership (min. 42).

In short, their discussion with host Jim Puplava (who also deserves credit for his ongoing efforts in advancing these issues) is very concerning. All three are well-informed, credible & caring individuals.
Their tone of urgency is unmistakable, their call for immediate government action & public education is loud & clear.

UPDATE: Reader Bob B writes:
The link to the Matt Simmons/Robert roundtable needs to drill down one layer to

There are icons for various formats on the page you list but they are not active, at leas not for me.

Matt Simmons talk: The Three Energy Amigos
Matthew Simmons talked about the effects of the energy crisis in North America. He said that the shared investments of the U.S., Mexico, and Canada are essential to the discovery and implementation of alternative fuel. Through collaborative funding and research, these countries could become the world's foremost alternative energy leaders.

Matthew Simmons is an adviser to the Oil Depletion Analysis Centre. He is a member of the National Petroleum Council and the Council on Foreign Relations.

"The Three Energy Amigos: Mexico, Canada, and the US" was a program of the World Affairs Council of Houston, held at the Hyatt Regency.
(4 December 2008)

What do you think? Leave a comment below.

Sign up for regular Resilience bulletins direct to your email.

Take action!  

Find out more about Community Resilience. See our COMMUNITIES page
Start your own projects. See our RESOURCES page.
Help build resilience. DONATE NOW.


This is a community site and the discussion is moderated. The rules in brief: no personal abuse and no climate denial. Complete Guidelines.

Peak Oil Review: A Midweek Update 11th Feb

A midweek update. Oil prices continued to fall this week with New York …

Renewables: The Next Fracking?

As a general rule, in fact, the less direct experience a given person has …

IEA in Davos 2016 Warns of Higher Oil Prices in a Few Years’ Time

This recent forum was about how to transition away from fossil fuels, after …

Why the Wild Descent of Oil Is Cause for Concern

The signs of oil's madcap price collapse are everywhere.

It's not Rocket Surgery: Choosing an Indoor Mini Wood stove for a Tiny House

This article will focus on one item which can keep you comfortable in cold …

Peak Oil Review - Feb 8

 A weekly roundup of peak oil news, including: -Oil and the global …

California Offshore Oil Fracking Permits Halted While Federal Government Performs Environmental Review

The U.S. federal government will stop approving offshore oil fracking …