Dragon Line YouTube Feature: Peak Oil – Visually Explained by decyphersmc

Do you know what Peak Oil is about? Does some of the stuff on this subject send your head into a bit of a spin? There’s certainly a lot of complicated material out there, especially on the Internet. As a friend of mine said the other day in an email, its not something that’s really at the forefront of political debate. He’s right! Certainly, it doesn’t get the same sort of coverage as Climate Change (and it seems the public are highly sceptical of that, anyway, given the recent scandals!) Yet, if the Peak Oil-ers are right, then it is something everybody should be concerned about. Why isn’t it? Is it because not many people understand it? Or is it because they just don’t want to think about the implications of sudden energy descent? (Possibly its both.)

This video from YouTube gives a simple overview of the subject using graphics. The guy who produced the video was doing a thesis on how graphic representations could be used to present a highly involved subject such as this. To be honest, I think he’s done a good job. Check out the player below to watch it:

YouTube – Peak Oil – Visually Explained by decyphersmc


About Owen Law

My pen-name is ‘Owen Law’ (real name: Nicholas Davies.) I’m a science fiction writer specialising in dystopian/apocalyptic visions of the future. I’m from Shropshire, England (on the borders with Wales) and I’m in my forties. I have a background in public services and training. I’ve been working on my first novel, Dragon Line, since 2008. I’ve also written several short stories, one of which you can find on this blog (‘Matilda Leviathan‘). I now reside on the border of Shropshire and Wales, and my interests include writing (of course!), current affairs and environmental issues.
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4 Responses to Dragon Line YouTube Feature: Peak Oil – Visually Explained by decyphersmc

  1. Debbie Todd says:

    Excellent video – it really demonstrates the importance of oil in our lives and in our economies at present and is a must-watch for anybody who hasn’t yet come across the term “Peak Oil”.

    On Innovation Investment Journal (www.iijiij.com) there’s a really good article on the implications of Peak Oil. There’s a video clip of Jeff Rubin and Andrew Nikiforuk discussing the subject and some of the changes that we’re likely to see in the coming years:


    It looks as if we may no longer have access to cheap imported goods, but the knock on effect of this could be the rebirth of manufacturing bases in countries that have lost them. This would mean more jobs, so it may not be all doom and gloom. We’ll just have to be innovative and resourceful about the way we adjust.

    • admin says:

      Hi Debbie

      Thanks for your comment. The video produced by decyphersmc is indeed an excellent summary. Hopefully more people will sit up and take more notice of the ‘Peak Oil’ problem before it is too late to act! However, I think you’re right that it might not all be about doom-and-gloom. Though my novel is about the aftermath of the worst effects of the phenomenon, the reality could be somewhat different. It actually might be an excellent opportunity to revive local economies and communities. This is what the Transition Movement is all about (check out this link for more info:http://transitiontowns.org/)

      I’ll certianly look at the link you’ve posted – very interesting!


      Owen Law

  2. Jurgen Wolff says:

    Hi Owen,
    I experienced the oil crisis in the US in the late 70’s–soaring price, then rationing (you could fill up only on alternate days, based on whether your license plate ended in an odd or even number), queues around the block, angry confrontations at the gas stations, etc. Should have been the perfect wake-up call. Instead, as soon as the immediate crisis was over, everybody went back to the old ways. What a shame we don’t learn from experience!

    • admin says:

      Hi Jurgen

      I couldn’t agree more! The fuel protests of 2000 in the UK were very much the same. I can see this looming again in the near future. Humanity certainly doesn’t seem to learn at all. What worries me is that we’re sleep walking into the next one and this issue isn’t being debated at hotly as it should be. After all, the IEA (which was set up after the 1970’s Oil Crisis) has recently stated that Conventional Oil peaked in 2006. Why isn’t this receiving the same sort of coverage as Climate Change is?

      If you get chance, check out the latest article recommendation on the site. This guy suggests that we might be back to subsistance farming and hunter- gathering before all too long (even more negative than the scenario for my book, but I personally think things won’t necessarily ever get that bad!)

      best regards


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