On 17 September The Wall Street Journal published a fascinating article on “peak oil,” “There Will Be Oil,” written by Daniel Yergin, chairman of IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates, an energy research and consulting firm and deserved recipient of Pulitzer Prize for his 1991 book, The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power.
According to The Wall Street Journal, “There Will Be Oil” “is adapted from his new book, The Quest: Energy, Security and the Remaking of the Modern World.”
Where is George Orwell when you need him?It is a supreme irony that cornucopian oil industry mouthpiece and consultant Daniel Yergin should receive America's first medal for energy security named after James Schlesinger, the first U.S. energy secretary. For those not familiar with the late Dr. Schlesinger's views, in a keynote speech he told attendees at a 2007 conference sponsored by the Association for the Study of Peak Oil (ASPO) the following:Conceptually, the battle is over. The peakists have won.
By Michael T. Klare, professor of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College and the author of The Race for What’s Left.
Brace yourself. You may not be able to tell yet, but according to global experts and the U.S. intelligence community, the earth is already shifting under you. Whether you know it or not, you’re on a new planet, a resource-shock world of a sort humanity has never before experienced.
THE International Energy Agency has released its latest World Energy Outlook. The most sobering piece of information in it is a recurring highlight: the estimated time at which the world is "locked in" to a rise in global temperatures of at least 2 degrees Celsius.
Harvard's Rob Stavins has published an opinion piece in the NY Times titled "Climate Realities". Professor Stavins raises a series of reasonable points as he offers a sober assessment of where we now stand as we confront the climate change challenge;He makes the following points:
With TNK-BP, Rosneft overtakes Exxon and PetroChina Co. in output. It will pump about 4.1 million barrels a day this year
OAO Rosneft’s US$55-billion takeover of TNK-BP creates an empire stretching from Russia’s Far East to Venezuela that pumps almost 5% of the world’s crude.
Saturday, September 17, the WSJ ran an essay by Daniel Yergin called, “There Will Be Oil.” In the essay, Yergin argues that the advocates of “peak oil” theory are wrong. He says, “Meeting future demand will require innovation, investment and the development of more challenging resources,” but he doesn’t make this sound like a huge problem. Most of the big challenges would be above ground issues, like politics, mismanagement of resources, and wars.