View Full Version : college thesis on peak oil

10-17-2011, 01:15 PM
I came across this today. It's easily digestible and not very long, 26 pages. Something to remember is that he's talking about crude oil. Not more expensive unconventional oil. Don't worry, we won't "run out" of oil, we'll just have extended recessions struggling to deal with volatile oil prices. We're running out of cheap oil with more expensive and less plentiful unconventional oil coming on line.


LTC Christopher M. Fleming has made a valuable contribution to peak oil research with his concise thesis, Considering Oil Production Variance as an Indicator of Peak Production (June 2010, 26 pgs).

In his Abstract, LTC Fleming summarized both the purpose and the conclusions of his research:
“Peak Oil predictions range from the year 2000 to 2100 with the highest concentration of forecasts from 2005 to 2016. Confidence in international oil reserves data is lacking. As such, different forecasters make different assumptions about future undiscovered oil amounts and oil reserves, resulting in a wide range of peak oil estimates. Viewing this wide time disparity in forecasts as problematic, the research objective was to look for an economic cross-check indicator, metric, or alternative data-based means to corroborate or refute existing peak oil estimates."

The primary finding was unprecedented statistical variance in oil production rates as well as in oil prices beginning approximately 2005 to 2010. In the case of oil production rates, variance is at historically low levels. In the case of oil prices, variance is at historically high levels. The data indicate a new higher order of inelasticity between oil price and oil production.

These findings support peak oil forecasts in the range of 2005 to 2010 and together provide strong evidence that geological factors could presently be limiting world oil production.”


here's his paper.

10-17-2011, 02:15 PM
little fishes don't read anyway.