Peak Oil & Links

Peak Oil: an introduction

'Peak oil' is a term used to describe the scenario when crude oil production for a region - often referring to the entire world - reaches a maximum, from which it inevitably declines.

Most people are aware that oil is a finite resource, but the general presumption is that "we have x years of oil left", where x is a suitably large number (often around 40) to project any accompanying problems many years in the future. But this presumption fails to account for the geophysics of oil.

In the 1950s a prominent geophysicist M King Hubbert observed that oil production in the US was following the path of a bell-shaped curve. Production would have a 'peak' and following that peak, oil production would decline.

Main introduction


Web sites & online material:

Peak Oil Meetup:

  • - Meet others interested in raising awareness of the coming decline in oil production, the consequences of this decline, and the actions that can be

Oil Fields of the World:

Alternatives to conventional oil & gas:

Hydrocarbon Substitution:

Bibliography - oil peak & related:

Additional Links

Post Carbon Institute
Oil Age Poster
ASPO Ireland
Life after the Oil Crash
Energy Bulletin
High Noon
Transition Culture