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April 25, 2007



Any plans for another book on the 'peak oil economy'?

Paul Roberts

Sorry--no new book on peak oil economy, but I will be continuing to look at the intersection of the energy sector and other critical sectors.


Coming a little late to comment on this, but substantively. One of the other reasons the industry yawned at IHS' estimate is that most people in the oil industry viewed it as fantasy. Indeed, there was an Oil and Gas Journal article last year that took up this very estimate, compared it to others (most well under 100 Bbbls additional potential reserves), and asked, essentially--"What is IHS smoking?" Actual petroleum geoscientists view the true remaining frontiers for oil as the deep offshore and the Arctic (including, potentially at least, portions of offshore Greenland).

Paul Roberts

Good point; I've seen a lot of skepticism about that study. Reminds me a lot of the hype over the Caspian in the 1990s, when the region was touted repeatedly by Washington and the industry as the “next” Middle East. As for the real “new frontiers,” when I talk to exploration heads, many tell me, only half jokingly, that the best place to look for oil these days is on other companies' books.

Katherine Dale

Greetings Paul,

I have just read through your article in Mother Jones on Food. Many of the facts that you discuss in your article were considerations I had never made before: particularly seeing organic & small-scale farming as elitist. I have been a strong advocate for organic food, for grass-fed meats and locally-grown foods. However, living now in Hong Kong I have begun to question the sustainability of making purchases of organic, Australian/US milk vs. the local. It is difficult to communicate with the farms where the milk is produced in order to ask questions about the farming practices. I will try to sort through your article carefully and apply some of your theories to my own practices and my blogging on organic vs. local.

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