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Just turned in “The Oracle of Oil” to the publisher

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on here, since I’ve been busy writing a book, tentatively titled The Oracle of Oil. It’s the first biography of maverick geologist M. King Hubbert, often called “the father of peak oil” for his pioneering forecasts of an approaching peak and decline of oil. I just turned in the […]

New Survey of Undiscovered Oil Shows Shift Away from Middle East, Russia

A new study by the U.S. Geological Survey downgraded how much oil remains to be found in the Middle East and Russia, compared to their last assessment, more than a decade ago

Rising Oil, Gasoline Prices Push Politicians and Reporters to Utter “Nonsense”

Politicians spar over the reasons for high oil prices, natural gas vehicles spread in the U.S., and industry battled the EPA in court over greenhouse gas controls

Hope for U.S. Oil: Where It Could Come From

Conventional oil production on land is declining across the nation—but there are great hopes for tight oil, enhanced recovery, and deepwater

Obama falsely claimed U.S. oil production at an all-time high

Giving false hope, Obama claimed several times last year that U.S. oil extraction was at an all-time high, when actually it’s in a long-term decline

Surprise Deal Emerges at United Nations Climate Talks

A worldwide coalition gradually formed that forged, essentially, to sign an agreement to make another agreement—but it is progress

Cutting Oil Use Should Be Focus of U.S. Energy Research, New Roadmap Says

The Department of Energy’s new Quadrennial Technology Review lays out new targets for energy research and development

‘The Quest’ Questioned

World-famous energy historian and analyst Daniel Yergin attempts to shoot down the idea of peak oil—but his arguments are full of errors, fallacies, and biases

“The Quest” Questioned #5: Peak Oil = Running Out of Oil?

The idea of peak oil is not that the world will soon run out of oil, but that it will, at some point, reach a maximum and then gradually decline

“The Quest” Questioned #4: Only the Pessimists Have Been Wrong?

Energy expert Daniel Yergin gloats about all the forecasts that failed for being overly pessimistic—but he fails to mention the overly optimistic forecasts that we wrong as well


books I've read on failure & grace

The World Without Us
The Last Oil Shock: A Survival Guide to the Imminent Extinction of Petroleum Man
A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
Hell and High Water: Global Warming--the Solution and the Politics--and What We Should Do
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
The Tipping Point
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time
The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization
Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail
The Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History, 1300-1850
Confessions of an Eco-Sinner: Tracking Down the Sources of My Stuff
Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World

Mason's favorite books »