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“It’s not the size of the tank which matters, but the size of the tap.”

Dr. Jean-Marie Bourdaire, former director of both the International Energy Agency and the World Energy Council

‘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

“The Quest” Questioned #3: We’re Finding Oil Faster Than We’re Using It?

Daniel Yergin cites numbers to give a hopeful picture of oil supplies—but he seems to rely on questionable data

“The Quest” Questioned #2: One Giant Oil Field?

Yergin claims that the geologist M. King Hubbert tried to predict the future of oil by treating as if U.S. oil were all in one huge field—but that’s far from the truth

“The Quest” Questioned #1: Peak Oil Projection Was Far Off?

Yergin says Hubbert’s famous 1956 prediction for U.S. oil was far off the mark—but that’s not so


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

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