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Peak Oil: how will it end?

Questions to Ponder and Discuss


Background information: – Why Files - Wikipedia

Stork, Joe. Middle East Oil and the Energy Crisis. Monthly Review Press: NY, 1975.

Schurr, Sam H. & Homan, Paul T. Middle Eastern Oil and the Western World – Prospects and Problems. Elsevier: NY, 1971.

Deffeyes, Kenneth S. Beyond Oil – The view from Hubbert’s Peak. Hill and Wang: NY, 2005. - Dept. Of Energy, Energy Information Administration

Historic Run-up.

Fears depletion of oil reserve. The New York Times. April 12, 1925.

O’Toole Thomas. U.S. Energy Crisis: Light Dims at End of the Tunnel. The Washington Post. April 14, 1972.

MacKenzie, James J. After the Oil Glut. The New York Times. November 6, 1982.

Stevens, William K. Oil exacts a price from the Earth. The New York Times. April 2, 1989.

Mathews, Jessica Tuchman. The Era of Cheap Energy is Over. The Washington Post. August 30, 1990.

Ehrlich, Paul. USA Today. January 2, 1991.


Kerr, R.A. The Next Oil Crisis Looms Large—and Perhaps Close. Science. 281: 1128-1131, 1998.

Duncan, R.C. & Youngquist, W. Encircling the Peak of World Oil Production. Natural Resources Research. 8: 219-232, 1999.

Hall, C., Tharakan, P., Hallock, J., Cleveland, C., & Jefferson, M. Hydrocarbons and the evolution of human culture. Nature. 426: 318-322, 2003.

Guseo, R. & Dalla Valle, A. Oil and gas depletion: Diffusion models and forecasting under strategic intervention. Statistical Methods & Applications. 14: 375-387, 2005.

Popular Media

Vidal, John. Global Warning: End of an era: New technologies may see the end of the carbon age that began with the industrial revolution and spread across the globe to the developing world. The Guardian. January 29, 2002.

Heinberg, Richard. Green Anarchism and Oil Depletion; How close is the Collapse? Fifth Estate. Summer 2004.

Ball, Jeffrey. Dire Preophecy: As Prices Soar, Doomsayers Provoke Debate on Oil’s Future; In a 1970’s Echo, Dr. Campbell Warns Supply Is Drying Up, But Industry Isn’t Worried; Charges of ‘Malthusian Bias.’ The Wall Street Journal. September 21, 2004.

Keefe-Feldman, Mike. Apocalypse…how? The End of Suburbia as we know it. Missoula Independent. May 26-June 2, 2005.

Hertsgaard, Mark. In for a Crude Awakening. The Washington Post. August 31, 2005.

The oiloholics. The Economist. August 27-September 2, 2005.

Op Ed. Crunch makes fuel options mandatory As world oil supplies fade, alternative energy sources are needed to brighten America’s future. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. September 5, 2004.

Defotis, Dimitra. How Close Is Hubbert’s Peak? Barron’s. October 3, 2005.

Edwards, John D. Energy in the 21st century World will have to rely on fossil fuels to renewables. Denver Post. December 4, 2005.

Abraham, Kera. Richard Heinberg; Peak Oil Educator. Eugene Weekly. January 5, 2006.

Sutherland, J. G2: The ideas interview: Mark Jaccard: Fossil fuels can keep the world going, and they need not be dirty, the energy expert tells John Sutherland. January 31, 2006.

Phillips, Paul. The American Empire Meets Peak Oil. Canadian Dimension. January-February 2006.


Laherrere, J.H. Focus exploration: World oil supply—what goes up must come down, but when will it peak? Oil & Gas Journal. 97: 57-63, 1999.

Gas Summit to seek answers soon to unease over supply, price in U.S. Inside Energy. June 23, 2003.

Bridgman, Geoffrey. “Peaking” Into Oil’s Future. Chemical Equipment. July 2005.

Energy Trends and Implications for U.S. Army Installations. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. September 2005.

Weblog –  ‘A community and collaboration portal.’, EnergyBulletin  - comprehensive energy blog., Crooked Timber (Out of the Crooked Timber of humanity. No straight thing was ever made). March 23, 2006.

Amanda Kovattana, Beyond petroleum. March 2006.

Hopkins, Rob. Can We Use Fear as a Motivator for Change. Transtion Culture (An Evolving Explanation into the Head, Heart, and Hands, of Energy Descent). March 29, 2006.

Price, David. Energy and Human. Die Off, March 2006.

Staff. Top 10 U.S. cities best prepared for an oil crisis. (The Web’s best community resource for healthy and sustainable living. March 25, 2006.

Nuline, Aaron. I feed me. Powering Down (A discussion on peak oil with an emphasis on relocalization as a response for North Carolina and the greater southeast. April 2006.

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