A response to Daniel Yergin…


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You may recall the recent post mentioning Daniel Yergin‘s critique of Peak Oil (Pulitzer-prize winning historian.) This is the response from ‘The Oil Drum‘ blog featured on the sidebar of this blog. The arguments in this article are balanced and fair. It is, in effect, an attempt to reconcile the Peak Oil fraternity with that of the ‘Business-as-Usual’ types like Yergin.

I did feel myself thinking, after having read the article, that things may not be as assured as Yergin argues. He might have won the Pulitzer Prize, but he is – after all – an ‘establishment’ figure. So can we believe everything he says or should we take it with a pinch of salt?

Check out the article here and see what you think:

Peak Oil now or later? – A response to Daniel Yergin

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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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2 Responses to A response to Daniel Yergin…

  1. I have about 6 Peak oil DVD’s, 10 or more Peak Oil books, several links to to pro and con websites of peak oil. I’m pretty convinced that Peak Oil will be happening shortly(within the next five years). I can’t even talk about Yergin. There are 6.9 people on the planet that all want the very next barrel of oil being pumped right now out of the ground. The world uses 31.3 billion barrels a year and I can’t see how even ALL of the aggregates of wind, solor, hydro, coal, natural gas, or corn can compete with that. Thanks.

    • Admin says:

      I could not agree more! There is no way that renewables can match this level of demand. I do think there is a certain glibness to Daniel Yergin in his dispositions about Peak Oil. I’m certainly not putting any dispersions on his intellect. He states that predictions of oil depletion have been made in the past and have failed to materialise. However, there is always the possibility he and other ‘business-as-usual’ types could be in for a nasty surprise this time round. Lets hope I’m proved wrong!

      Thanks and best regards

      Owen Law

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