Peak Oil Is Officially Here, Says The Economist
By James West
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The world’s most respected journal of economics has now officially acknowledged the advent of peak oil, validating (finally!) what we’ve been saying for years.
In a July 19 article, the venerable Economist cut straight to the point:
“The world is consuming more oil than it is producing.”--The Economist, July 14-20 print edition.
Now there would appear to be a certain degree of confusion over exactly what is meant by “Peak Oil.”
According to Wikipedia.com:
“In the context of models of the depletion of resources, notably Hubbert peak theory, peak oil is the date when the peak of the world’s petroleum (crude oil) production rate is reached. After this date the rate of production will by definition enter terminal decline. According to the Hubbert model, production will follow a roughly symmetrical bell-shaped curve.”
Some observers such as Kenneth S. Deffeyes, Matthew Simmons, and James Howard Kunstler believe that because of the high dependence of most modern industrial transport, agricultural and industrial systems on inexpensive oil, the post-peak production decline and possible resulting severe price increases will have negative implications for the global economy.