- August 10, 2013
- Posted by: Art Berman
- Category: The Petroleum Truth Report
An article from yesterday’s Washington Post “Is peak oil demand just around the corner?” is, in part, a summary of an article that appeared recently in The Economist (“Yesterday’s Fuel”).
Brandt thinks the demand story is more complex because of the rise in unconventional sources for transport fuel including natural gas, biofuels and oil from tar sands, not to mention electric vehicles.
I think the new debate about peak demand is largely irrelevant since we will hit peak production long before these projections of peak demand.
The U.S. has been cutting back on consumption by 1.5%/year since early 2005 not because we are becoming either more efficent or more environmentally conscious; we are using less oil because our economy cannot bear the carrying cost at more than $95/barrel Brent.
This is the topic that the patient doesn’t want to discuss. As a friend of mine says, “When you are squeezed out of the oil import market, you are, by definition, energy independent.”
I fixed the image problem–thanks for pointing that out.
On your other point, yes, peak demand is a silly idea in my view. I posted the information so people would know what is out there. This seems to be a derivative discussion that somehow assumes that peak production and demand are separate and unrelated entities.
It is a shame really about the nomenclature of “peak demand” since if considered a bit differently, i.e. “peak demand as constrained by capital, income, and financial limitations” the subject becomes the most compelling and interesting subject component of the whole peak oil discussion. But as currently used peak demand disguises this problem through economic foolishness.
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