Sunday, April 23, 2006

Peak Oil - books published since January 2005

Books from January 2005 on peak oil and allied subjects

Bilaal, Abdullah
Peak oil paradigm shift: the urgent need for a sustainable energy model
Trinidad and Tobago: Medianet Limited, 2005
ISBN 9769513709 (hbk) ISBN 9769513717 (pbk)
Publisher: explores the rate at which the world is using up its hydrocarbon energy reserves and the resulting potential for serious dislocations when previously low cost energy from these sources become increasingly scarce and expensive with serious implications for both rich and poor nations.

Blanchard, Roger D
The Future of Global Oil Production: Facts, Figures, Trends and Projections, by Region
McFarland & Company, Inc, 2005
ISBN 0786423579
Publisher: This work brings data together in a coherent study of the future of global oil production. An examination of U.S. capacity is followed by a look at the production futures of Western Europe, Mexico and Canada, South and Central America, Asia, the Middle East, the former Soviet Union, and Africa. Alternatives to oil are also discussed. With world oil production likely to peak in approximately 2010 and natural gas production in 2020, this is a timely look at an vital global issue.

Board on Energy and Environmental Systems
Workshop on Trends in Oil Supply and Demand, Potential for Peaking of Conventional oil production, October 20-21, 2005
National Academies Press, 2005
ISBN 0309101433
[From Introduction]: Key questions:
What is oil peaking in terms of supply and demand? Will it happen? When? Is peaking predictable? Will there be timely warnings? Can market forces overcome S/D gaps over the next 25-30 years? What role can non-convoil, coal, natural gas, and renewables play ? How much discovered recoverable conventional oil exists? How much undiscovered conventional oil exists? Can energy efficiency significantly mitigate the impact of peaking? Is oil price a significant factor? Is advanced technology a significant factor? What lead time is required to significantly mitigate the impact of peaking? What global actions are required to address potential peaking? Why is potential peaking a concern and why worry now? Full text of presentations on
http://www7.nationalacademies.org/bees/trends_in_oil_supply.html

Brown, Lester R
Plan B 2.0: Rescuing a Planet Under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble
Norton, 2006
ISBN 0393328317
Publisher: The world faces numerous environmental trends of disruption and decline such as rising temperatures, falling water tables, shrinking forests, melting glaciers, collapsing fisheries, and rising sea levels. In Plan B, Lester R. Brown notes that in ignoring nature's deadlines for dealing with these environmental issues we risk the disruption of economic progress. In addition to these environmental trends, the world faces the peaking of oil, the addition of 70 million people per year, a widening global economic divide, and the spread of international terrorism.

Campbell, Colin J
Oil crisis
Multi-Science Publishing Co. Ltd, 2005
ISBN: 0906522390
Why has Shell repeatedly re-stated its oil reserves? Why is oil above $50 a barrell? Why do Goldman-Sachs think its going to go over $100? Why did America invade Iraq? Why is central Asia in turmoil? Because there is an oil crisis. And in his new book, Colin Campbell explains why, in a work that's accessible to both layman and professional. The grand old man of depletion studies, and currently president of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil, Colin Campbell distils a lifetime's study of oil reserves into this book. In his previous acclaimed book, the Coming Oil Crisis, he explained why a crisis was imminent. Now, in OIL CRISIS, he argues it's here, and the world is hopelessly unprepared for the consequences. Well meaning enthusiasm for renewables and high hopes about hydrogen will be seen for what they are when the wells stop pumping. It's a crisis of truly historic proportions.

Campbell, Colin J
Colin Campbell: Petroleum Geologist: A Seminal Interview On Oil Depletion
New Society, 2006
ISBN 097675102X [DVD]
Publisher: In clear and accessible terms, veteran petroleum geologist Colin Campbell explains Peak Oil, the basics of petroleum geology, how oil affects and inflames geo-politics, and the unhelpful role of free market economics in hastening oil and gas depletion.

Chiras, Dan
The Home Energy Survival Guide: Energy Independence from Wind, Solar and Other Renewables
New Society Publishers, 2006
ISBN 086571536X
Publisher: The coming energy crisis caused by a peak in global oil and natural gas production will profoundly affect the lives of all North Americans. As the price of these vital fuels rises, homeowners will scramble to cut their fuel bills. Two options for meeting the upcoming challenge are dramatic improvements in home energy efficiency and efforts to tap into clean, affordable, renewable energy resources to heat and cool homes, to provide hot water and electricity, and even to cook. These measures can result in huge savings and a level of energy independence. The Home Energy Survival Guide tells you how. It starts by outlining the likely impacts of fossil fuel shortages and some basic facts about energy. It then discusses energy conservation to slash energy bills and prepare for renewable energy options. Focusing carefully on specific strategies needed to replace specific fuels, the book then examines each practical energy option available to homeowners: *solar hot water, cooking and water purification*space heat: passive and active solar retrofits*wood heat*passive cooling*solar electricity*wind-generated electricity*electricity from microhydropower sources, and*emerging technologies -- hydrogen, fuel cells, methane digesters and biodiesel.

Corsi, Jerome R
Black Gold Stranglehold: The Myth of Scarcity and the Politics of Oil
Cumberland House Publishing. 2006
ISBN 1581824890
Publisher: Experts estimate that Americans consume more than 25 percent of the world's oil but have control over less than 3 percent of its proven oil supply. This unbalanced pattern of consumption makes it possible for foreign governments, corrupt political leaders, terrorist organisations, and oil conglomerates to hold the economy and the citizens of the United States in a virtual stranglehold. In this book, the authors expose the fraudulent science that has made America so vulnerable: the belief that oil is a fossil fuel and that it is a finite resource. Jerome Corsi explores the international and domestic politics of oil production and consumption, including the wealth and power of major oil conglomerates, the manipulation of world economies by oil-producing nations and rogue terrorist regimes and the shortsightedness of those who endorse expensive conservation efforts while rejecting the use of the oil reserves currently controlled by the U.S. government.

Darley, Julian
Matt Simmons: Energy Banker: Saudi Oil Presentation & Four Interviews
New Society, 2006
ISBN 0976751003 [DVD]
Publisher: Features Matt Simmons' seminal 2004 presentation at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC and four exclusive interviews documenting the controversy over whether Saudi Aramco will be able to increase oil production over the next several decades.

Darley, Julian, et al
Relocalize Now!: Getting Ready for Climate Change and the End of Cheap Oil, A Post Carbon Guide
New Society, 2006
Publisher: On hearing about the coming energy crisis Many people ask: But what can I do? "Relocalize Now!" provides the best answers to date. This timely guide from the Post Carbon Institute analyses the full depth of the crisis of industrial civilisation, outlines the centrality of the global economic system in this crisis, and then proposes a plan for the global relocalisation of our way of life. It promotes the idea of people recreating local communities - or 'outposts' - at the level of neighbourhood and nation that can begin to build 'parallel public infrastructures' for survival. It does this through presenting specific programs to create local money, energy, transportation, governance and food systems designed to help communities become self-reliant right now, and broader policy strategies that must be addressed at the political and institutional level to help communities create a long-term system adapted for a post-carbon age. The book's innovative project ideas such as a community retirement fund and corporate disobedience - nonviolent ways to disengage from globalisation - are supplemented by practical tools for relocalising and examples of charter outposts from LA to Alaska and Toronto.

Davis, Jerome (ed)
The Changing World of Oil: An Analysis of Corporate Change and Adaptation
Ashgate, 2006
ISBN 0754641783
Publisher: Most energy analysts now predict an imminent global energy crisis. With the rapid industrialization of places like China and India world oil demand has soared while geo-political tensions and natural disasters have thrown supply questions to the fore. This book considers the turbulence in the oil industry as a process of industrial change. In a unique analysis of the issues, leading commentators and international specialists present a ground-breaking view of the future of the industry; one where corporations are considered to be the dependent variables, not the future production and demand for oil and gas. Particular attention is paid to 'mega-mergers', the on-going process of downsizing and outsourcing and the significance of such restructuring for the. A further feature of the work is the use made of recent theories of the firm, demonstrating how such theories can be used to analyse one of the world's most critical industries.

Deffeyes, Kenneth
Beyond oil – the view from Hubbert’s peak
New York: Hill and Wang, 2005
ISBN 0809029561
Publisher: With world oil production about to peak and inexorably head toward steep decline, what fuels are available to meet rising global energy demands? That question, once thought to address a fairly remote contingency, has become ever more urgent, as a spate of books has drawn increased public attention to the imminent exhaustion of the economically vital world oil reserves. Deffeyes, a geologist who was among the first to warn of the coming oil crisis, now takes the next logical step and turns his attention to the earth's supply of potential replacement fuels. In Beyond Oil, he traces out their likely production futures, with special reference to that of oil, utilizing the same analytic tools developed by his former colleague, the pioneering petroleum-supply authority M. King Hubbert.

Emirates Center for Strategic Studies & Research
Gulf Oil in the Aftermath: Stategies and Policies
Emirates Center for Strategic Studies & Research, 2006
ISBN 9948007530 (hbk) ISBN 9948007522 (pbk)
Publisher: The first major survey of the Iraqi oil industry since the US-led invasion, this book is essential for understanding the direction of the world oil market. The contributors to this book are heavyweight players. The disruption in Iraqi oil supply and the prospect of its resumption carries both short and long term implications: for Iraq, the Gulf states, OPEC and the world oil market. On the new world oil map, the geographical focus of exploration and production is now shifting away from the Gulf to newer areas such as Russia, the Caspian basin, Venezuela and the West African rim. With global energy demand set to grow phenomenally, especially in Asia, both OPEC and non-OPEC countries must make strategic investment and production choices to meet anticipated supply challenges.

Goodstein, David L
Out of Gas: The End of the Age of Oil
W W Norton & Co Ltd, 2005
ISBN 0393326470
Publisher: Our rate of oil discovery has reached its peak and will never be exceeded; rather, it is certain to decline—perhaps rapidly—forever forward. Meanwhile, over the past century, we have developed lifestyles firmly rooted in the promise of an endless, cheap supply. In this book, David Goodstein, professor of physics at Caltech, explains the underlying scientific principles of the inevitable fossil fuel shortage we face. He outlines the drastic effects a fossil fuel shortage will bring down on us. And he shows that there is an important silver lining to the need to switch to other sources of energy, for when we have burned up all the available oil, the earth's climate will have moved toward a truly life-threatening state.

Heinberg, Richard
Oil Depletion Protocol: A Plan to Avert Oil Wars, Terrorism and Economic Collapse
New Society Publishers. (09) 2006
ISBN 0865715637
Publisher: The Oil Depletion Protocol is the best collective hope for avoiding global chaos as the Oil Age winds toward its inevitable end. This book is a brief explanation of the document and its implications for the world.

Heinberg, Richard
The party’s over: oil, war and the fate of industrial societies
New Society Publishers, 2005, ISBN: 0865715297
Clairview Books, 2nd ed, 2005, ISBN 1905570007
Publisher: The world is about to change dramatically and forever as the result of oil depletion. Within the next few years, the global production of oil will peak. Thereafter, even with a switch to alternative energy sources, industrial societies will have less energy available to do all the things essential to their survival. We are entering a new era as different from the industrial era as the latter was from medieval times. "The Party's Over” deals head-on with this imminent decline of cheap oil.

Hiro, Dilip
No Oil: The Battle for the World's Vanishing Oil Supply
Nation Books, (10) 2006
ISBN 1560255447

Hirsch, Robert L (ed)
Peaking of World Oil Production: Impacts, Mitigation, And Risk Management
Nova Science Pub Inc, 2006
ISBN 1600210538
Publisher: The peaking of world oil production presents the U.S. and the world with an unprecedented risk management problem. As peaking is approached, liquid fuel prices and price volatility will increase dramatically, and without timely mitigation, the economic, social, and political costs will be unprecedented. Viable mitigation options exist on both the supply and demand sides, but to have substantial impact, they must be initiated more than a decade in advance of peaking. Dealing with world oil production peaking will be extremely complex, involve literally trillions of dollars and require many years of intense effort. To explore these complexities, three alternative mitigation scenarios are analyzed: scenario I assumes that action is not initiated until peaking occurs; scenario II assumes that action is initiated 10 years before peaking; scenario III assumes action is initiated 20 years before peaking. For this analysis estimates of the possible contributions of each mitigation option were developed, based on an assumed crash program rate of implementation.

International Energy Agency
Saving Oil in a Hurry
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), 2005
ISBN
9264109412
Publisher: During 2004, oil prices reached levels unprecedented in recent years. Although world oil markets remain adequately supplied, high oil prices reflect increasingly uncertain conditions, and many countries are considering ways to improve capacity to handle market volatility and possible supply disruptions in the future. In light of these concerns, this publication sets out a new quantitative assessment of the potential oil savings and costs of rapid oil demand restraint measures for transport, useful for both large-scale disruptions, and for smaller, localised supply disruptions in individual countries. It examines potential approaches for rapid uptake of measures such as telecommuting, ecodriving, and car-pooling; as well as discussing methodologies for adapting policy measures to national circumstances.

Jaccard, Marc
Sustainable Fossil Fuels: The Unusual Suspect in the Quest for Clean and Enduring Energy
Cambridge University Press, 2006
ISBN 0521861799 (hbk) ISBN 0521679796 (pbk)
Publisher: More and more people believe we must quickly wean ourselves from fossil fuels - oil, natural gas and coal - to save the planet from environmental catastrophe, wars and economic collapse. Professor Jaccard argues that this view is misguided. We have the technological capability to use fossil fuels without emitting climate-threatening greenhouse gases or other pollutants. The transition from conventional oil and gas to their unconventional sources including coal for producing electricity, hydrogen and cleaner-burning fuels will decrease energy dependence on politically unstable regions. In addition, our vast fossil fuel resources will be the cheapest source of clean energy for the next century and perhaps longer. By buying time for increasing energy efficiency, developing renewable energy technologies and making nuclear power more attractive, fossil fuels will play a key role in humanity's quest for a sustainable energy system.

Kuhlman, Alex
Peak Oil survival guide: preparing for the coming global crisis
Network resource, 2005
ISBN 0955169100
Publisher: This unique E-guide gives many suggested preparations that are well within the realm of practicality. In addition to financial recommendations, it includes a powerful analysis of countries and regions for strategic relocation, while discussing the complex mixture of advantages and disadvantages of living in an isolated retreat versus a community. New Edition, now including NASA based analysis. Essential Reading to prepare you and your family for the inevitable day of Reckoning. Available on:
http://www.oildecline.com/guide.htm

Kunstler, James Howard
The long emergency – surviving the converging catastrophes of the 21 st century
New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2005
ISBN 0871138883 (hbk) ISBN 0802142494 (Grove Press, 2006, pbk)
Publisher: Kunstler offers a shocking vision of a post-oil future. As a result of artificially cheap fossil-fuel energy, we have developed global models of industry, commerce, food production, and finance over the last 200 years. But the oil age, which peaked in 1970, is at an end. The depletion of nonrenewable fossil fuels is about to radically change life as we know it, and much sooner than we think. The Long Emergency tells us just what to expect after the honeymoon of affordable energy is over, preparing us for economic, political, and social changes of an unimaginable scale. Riveting and authoritative, The Long Emergency is a devastating indictment that brings new urgency and accessibility to the critical issues that will shape our future.
Extract from the book’s text on
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/tg/stores/detail/-/books/0802142494/reviews/026-9643748-8147662

Leeb, Stephen; Leeb, Donna
The Oil Factor: Protect Yourself from the Coming Energy Crisis
Little, Brown, 2005
ISBN 0446694061
Publisher: Financial guru Stephen Leeb predicts an inflationary 'perfect storm' that will lay waste to millions of portfolios if investors don't prepare ahead of time. In this perilous period, it will be essential to pay attention to the price of oil. As Foreign Affairs recently pointed out, to support the world's population, oil production must rise in the next 20 years from 75 million barrels a day to 125 million - a 66 per cent increase! And yet all over the world - from the North Sea to Mexico to Venezuela - come reports of production capacity maxing out. Result: pressure to raise output will mean higher production costs, which will mean vastly more expensive oil. But there is a way to diversify away from disaster: by investing in energy producers. Here, Stephen Leeb helps readers pick the 'energy-producer star performers', reveals the 'double payoff' to investing in metals like platinum and silver, explains why the stocks of 'mega-insurers' are a safe bet, and shows how investing in real estate does not have to mean actually owning it.

Leggett, Jeremy
The Empty Tank: Oil, Gas, Hot Air, and the Coming Global Financial Catastrophe
Random House, 2005
ISBN 97814000652751
Publisher: The oil topping point–the day half of all the world’s oil is used up–will be reached, by many calculations, sometime soon. In fact, it may already be upon us. When the financial markets realize what’s happening, an economic crash and soaring energy prices will result. The entire global marketplace we all inhabit will crack and crumble.Oil companies and governments don’t want you to know this. They have been covering up depletion, while stoking addiction and holding back alternatives. Leggett shows how major energy producers have been exposed providing false information about climate change and underground reserves. He describes how governments collude with private enterprise and one another to keep the global economy hooked on oil. And he explains the science behind oil extraction, demonstrating with unimpeachable expertise why the well is indeed running dry a lot faster than we think. Yet Leggett also points the way forward. All the technology we need to get off the road to disaster is already at hand. A new Manhattan Project for energy can save us if we can wake up and confront the problem directly.

Leggett, Jeremy
Half gone: Oil, Gas, Hot Air and the Global Energy Crisis
Portobello Books Ltd, 2005 and (06) 2006 (pbk)
ISBN 1846270049 (hbk) ISBN 1846270057 (pbk)
Publisher: An expose of the oil industry's cover-up of the diminishing oil supply, that paints a bleak picture of the future in which the price of oil skyrockets, economies and communities shudder worldwide, and the globe must move to renewable source to give it power.

Lovins, Amory B
Winning the Oil Endgame: Innovation for Profit, Jobs and Security
Earthscan Publications Ltd, 2005
ISBN 1844071944
Publisher: Winning the Oil Endgame shows how a country can eliminate its need for oil over the next few decades. Advanced energy efficiency and alternative fuels, such as modern biofuels and saved natural gas, already cost less than oil's market price, let alone its true cost to society. Displacing oil is therefore profitable and will be led by business, not public policy, with enormous gains available to early movers. Oil is integral to the major geopolitical, business and environmental issues of the 21st century. This new book by Amory Lovins shows, in practical detail, how much the conventional oil-dependent sectors have to gain by moving away from oil through innovation and new technology, in addition to the enormous benefits to be reaped by the rest of society.

McKillop, Andrew with Shelia Newman (eds)
The final energy crisis
London; Ann Arbor, MI: Pluto, 2005
ISBN 0745320937 (hbk) ISBN 0745320929 (pbk)
Publisher: Oil and gas are running out faster than the vast majority of people realise and this will have seismic consequences for the whole world. Even by the year 2005, oil will start to become in short supply, prices will start going up, and politicians will opt for the nuclear energy option - with all the consequences that this option implies.

Mabro, Robert
Oil in the Twenty-First Century
OUP, (09) 2006
ISBN 0199207380
Publisher: Oil is hitting the headlines once again. The big increases in oil prices over the past two years are upsetting consumers and puzzling producers. The reasons are difficult to understand, since few people are familiar with the complex workings of the price regime for oil in international trade. It is said that sluggish investment is a major cause, but what are the reasons for inadequate investment in oil producing and refining plants during the last 20 years? Does oil have a future? We are told that oil production will soon peak because the rate of production is higher than replacement rates. Climate change problems are casting a shadow over the future of fossil fuels. There may, however, be a solution to the nefarious CO2 emissions in, for instance, technologies that sequestrate carbon. Oil's stronghold is the transport sector: cars, trucks, railway engines, planes, ships. The demand for oil would suffer a fatal blow if technical innovations in car engines make it possible to use an alternative fuel to petrol or diesel. New energy sources - wind, solar, tide, waves, geo-thermal - are both renewable and environment-friendly. Do they represent a threat to the future of oil?

Mast, Tom
Over a Barrel: A Simple Guide to the Oil Shortage
Hayden Publishing, 2005
ISBN 0976444003
Publisher: A concise summary of the urgent oil shortage issue. It provides a balanced and factual picture of the medium-to-long range role of oil in supplying the world's energy needs, as well as an understanding of the many technical and social implications of the alternatives to oil. A foundation in understanding energy is provided by the early chapters on energy concepts, history, uses, and sources. Then, the focus shifts to understanding oil. Oil alternatives are reviewed with the alarming conclusion that we don?t know which of them can overcome their many technical and social issues to fill some of the gap that will be created by declining oil production. The case for more and better organized research and development of alternatives to oil is made.

Maugeri, Leonardo
The Age of Oil: The Mythology, History, and Future of the World's Most Controversial Resource
Praeger Publishers Inc, (05) 2006
ISBN 0275990087
Publisher: The history of the oil market has been marked, since its inception, by a succession of booms and busts, each one leading to the same psychological climax and flawed political decisions. Today we are experiencing a global oil boom that, paradoxically, seems to herald a gloomy era of scarcity combined with growing consumption and overshadowed by the threat from Islamic terrorism in the oil-rich Middle East. The author believes, however, that the pessimists are wrong. He debunks the main myths surrounding oil in our times in the second part of his book. Are we running out of oil? What is the real impact of Islamic radicalism on oil-rich regions? By translating many of the technical concepts of oil productions into terms that the average reader can easily grasp, Maugeri answers these questions, concluding that the wolf is not at the door, and that we are facing neither a problem of oil scarcity, nor an upcoming oil blackmail by forces hostile to the West. Only bad political decisions driven by a distorted view of what our problems are, and who is to blame for them, can doom us to a gloomy oil future.

Mobbs, Paul
Energy Beyond Oil: Could You Cut Your Energy Use by Sixty Per Cent?
Matador, 2005
ISBN 1905237006
Publisher: In order that you can share the argument, this book explores the issues in detail. The data. The trends. The projections. The possible outcomes. Hopefully, at the end of this process [about peak oil], you will be able to understand what it is we are facing, and perhaps find your own resolution to the potential difficulties we will all face over the next ten to twenty years. The message you take from this book should be a positive one...that Western society is about to undergo a massive, collective shock. But, by applying basic principles of sustainable development we can live through this period...albeit without the ready-meals, cheap flights to Spain, 4x4's, Britney Spears videos, Formula One racing, plastic umbrellas...

Olah, George A, et al
Beyond Oil and Gas: The Methanol Economy
Wiley, 2006
ISBN 3527312757
Publisher: In this masterpiece, the renowned chemistry Nobel laureate, George A. Olah, discusses in a clear and readily accessible manner the use of methanol as a viable alternative to dangerous and dwindling energy resources. Following an introduction Olah looks at the interrelation of fuels and energy, and at the extent of our non-renewable fossil fuel resources. Despite the diminishing resources and global warming, the author covers the continuing need for hydrocarbons and their products, while balancing the envisioned hydrogen economy against its shortcomings. The main section then focuses on the methanol economy, including converting atmospheric carbon dioxide into safe liquid methanol to for fuel (and fuel cells) and as a raw material for hydrocarbons. The whole is rounded off with a glimpse into the future.

Orwel, George
Black gold: the new frontier in oil for investors
Hoboken, N.J: John Wiley & Sons, (06) 2006
ISBN 9780471792680
Black Gold offers in-depth analysis of how the falling production and rising demand of oil has enabled savvy companies and investment banks to cash in on this phenomenon. Best of all, this guide also provides readers with investment suggestions-from ETFs and energy futures to hedge funds-that will allow them to reap substantial profits from current and future situations in this market. Drawing on historical background, current issues, and expectations of the energy road ahead, Black Gold has a breadth and depth of information that industry professionals will appreciate and that the general public can understand. Besides exploring how to implement profitable investment strategies-which are backed by detailed charts and graphs-within this industry, Black Gold also contains short human-interest stories that illustrate every issue discussed. It also provides a different timeframe for the peak of oil production-one that is more realistic and gaining acceptance by both scientists and economists. Practical and informative, Black Gold will show readers how to make the most of a market that is poised to grow exponentially in the years ahead.

Podobnik, Bruce
Global energy shifts: fostering sustainability in a turbulent age
Temple University Press, 2006
ISBN 1592132944
Publisher:
In the year 1900, the industrial world was almost entirely reliant on coal for its commercial energy. Only 50 years later, a new system - based on oil - had spread across the entire globe. By the end of the twentieth century, yet another system - based on natural gas - was achieving world-wide diffusion. Global Energy Shifts explores the societal forces that led to the expansion of these energy systems and demonstrates that the convergence of specific geopolitical, commercial, and social conditions can generate rapid and far-reaching transformations in the energy foundations of our world. In an important concluding chapter, Podobnik describes opportunities for fostering a similarly rapid shift toward renewable energy systems in the twenty-first century drawing on lessons from world history.

Roberts, Paul
The End of Oil: The Decline of the Petroleum Economy and the Rise of a New Energy Order
Bloomsbury, 2005 ISBN 0747570817
Mariner, 2005 ISBN 0618562117
Publisher: The pursuit of fuel is relentless. It can shape the diplomatic, economic and military strategies of nations, perverting the cultures and politics of entire regions; it props up corrupt governments and dictators; it fosters the instability and resentments that have already spawned Muammar Qaddafi, Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden. In this devastating piece of reportage, Paul Roberts shows what is likely to happen, why the transition from oil will be complicated, traumatic and possibly dangerous, and what it will mean for our daily lives.

Segal, Mary
Getting Through The Wilderness: the Fuel Crisis, Global Warming, and The Hydrogen Frontier
AuthorHouse, 2005
ISBN 1420896784
Publisher: But in 2005, the emergency emerged! Many people cannot afford the price of heating oil and natural gas and electric heat or even wood this year. Gasoline for cars is also high in price. Katrina and Rita complicated an already narrow margin. She expedited this manuscript with AuthorHouse, to get out an explanation of why we are in this shortage, and to offer suggestions and hope about what steps we could follow that could probably get us through this wilderness. She cares about every American and feels a profound need for unity amongst us to face this crisis with cooperation and dedication to one another, rich, just comfortable, and poor alike. We would be showing the world a new democratic example and new technical ecology.

Simmons, Matthew R
Twilight in the Desert: The Coming Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy
John Wiley & Sons Inc, 2005 / 2006
ISBN 047173876X (hbk) ISBN 0471790184 (pbk: 06, 2006)
Publisher: Saudi Arabia is the most important oil producing nation in history. The secretive Saudi government repeatedly assures the world that its oil fields are healthy beyond reproach, and that they can maintain and even increase output at will to meet skyrocketing global demand. But what if they can't? Twilight in the Desert looks behind the curtain to reveal a Saudi oil and production industry that could soon approach a serious, irreversible decline. In this exhaustively researched book, veteran oil industry analyst Matthew Simmons draws on his own three-plus decades of insider experience and more than 200 independently produced reports about Saudi petroleum resources and production operations. What he uncovers is a story about Saudi Arabia's troubled oil industry, not to mention its political and societal instability, which differs sharply from the globally accepted Saudi version.

Standlea, David
Oil, Globalization, And the War for the Arctic Refuge
State University of New York Press, 2006
ISBN 0791466310
From the cover: The global consumption of fossil fuels is dramatically rising, while inversely, the supply is in permanent decline. The "end of oil" threatens the very future of Western civilization. Oil, Globalization, and the War for the Arctic Refuge examines the politics of drilling for oil in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Tertzakian, Peter
A Thousand Barrels a Second: The Coming Oil Break Point and the Challenges Facing an Energy Dependent World
McGraw Hill, 2006
ISBN 0071468749
Publisher: In 2006, world oil consumption will for the first time exceed one thousand barrels per second. That’s the jumping off point for A Thousand Barrels A Second, in which ARC Financial Corporation’s Chief Energy Economist Peter Tertzakian shares the results of his unique analysis of the world’s energy trends, past and present. He examines how energy crises, or "break points," develop, including the pressure build-up the world is experiencing now before the next break point occurs in the coming decade. He explains the issues behind our energy dependency, explores the ramifications of fuel consumption for our nation and emerging powers such as China, and explains the most likely solutions for satisfying the world’s hunger for more energy, especially oil, and the opportunities that lie ahead.

United States: Congress, House: Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommitte on Energy and Air Quality
Understanding the peak oil theory: hearing before the Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, first session, December 7, 2005.
Washington : U.S. G.P.O, 2005
[From introduction by Ralph M. Hall, Chairman] So I will recognize myself for just a moment. I would like to thank our witnesses for being here today as we look at the theory of Peak Oil. We are having this hearing today to learn more about the theory, to hear different opinions, and to learn what we can do about it, if anything. While some theorists believe that we have reached our peak, the point at which the rate of world oil production cannot increase at any time, there are others that tell us that we are not going to peak any time soon, and others who still believe oil is continuously being created and will therefore never peak.

Also: full text on:
http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=109_house_hearings&docid=f:25627.pdf

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