" />
Building a world of
resilient communities.

MAIN LIST

 

Crude and Condensate reached new highs in January


The EIA helpfully produces a breakdown of the global liquid fuel supply into components.  This allows us to distinguish change in the supply of "oil" - narrowly defined as crude oil plus condensates (hydrocarbons which come out of the ground as liquid) - from changes in other things (natural gas "liquids", most of which are actually gases like ethane, propane, and butane, ethanol, and refinery volume changes.

The above graph shows these four substreams - the crude and condensate (C&C) is on the right scale and the others on the left scale.  This approach is designed to make it easiest to compare changes.  The interesting news is that crude+ condensate, which has been pretty much plateaued since late 2004, has now made new highs.  So clearly "peak monthly oil" is not behind us.

At the same time, the data still seem to me to be consistent with the overall "peak oil moderate" worldview - that in 2005 we entered into a situation in which it became very difficult to raise oil production and that placed significant constraints on the global economy and made recessions more likely, but that the decline in global production will be slow and fears that this would lead to an abrupt collapse of the global economy were overblown (the "doomer" view).

At the moment, the plateau in C&C has a slight upward tilt and it's not possible to say declines in global oil production have begun:

Note that the upward slope to that line is not statistically significant (I only get p=0.2 even ignoring the autocorrelation).  So we are still on a flat plateau statistically speaking.

Finally, here is a more traditional stacked area graph showing how the non-oil parts of "liquid fuel" have allowed the latter to rise even as oil proper is essentially flat:

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.


The Debacle at Doha

Sunday, April 17th was the designated moment. The world’s leading oil …

Is Peak Oil Dead and What Does it Mean for Climate Change?   

This session seeks to bring together fossil fuel experts and climate experts …

Peak Oil Review: A Midweek Update - Apr 28

 A midweek update. Oil prices continued to climb this week, capped …

San Francisco Becomes First Major City to Require Solar Panels on New Buildings

San Francisco is one step closer to its goal of transitioning to 100 percent …

The Outlook for Electric Vehicles  

Electric vehicles are all the rage right now, and hopes are high that we …

We Could Be Witnessing the Death of the Fossil Fuel Industry—Will It Take the Rest of the Economy Down With It?

It’s not looking good for the global fossil fuel industry. Although …

Gov. Cuomo Rejects the Constitution Pipeline, Huge Win for the Anti-Fracking Movement

In a win for climate activists and the anti-fracking movement, and a blow to …