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Bill G.

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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 1:02:09 PM

Five years ago, some oil market speculators became convinced that the world was nearing the limits of oil production. Sometime soon -- the 2010s? the 2020s? -- oil production would begin a long steady decline.

Think again. World oil production continues to rise. Leading the oil renaissance: the United States. The International Energy Agency predicts that the United States will overtake Saudi Arabia and Russia to become (again!) the world's leading oil producer by 2017. If the agency's estimates prove correct, the United States and Canada together will become net energy exporters by about 2030, and the U.S., which uses 20% of the world's energy, will achieve energy self-sufficiency by the mid-2030s.


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DanMtz
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 3:44:29 PM

There is no peak oil, at least not now.
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FluffyDogAttack
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 12:57:31 PM

In other news, it has been found that the UFO hidden in the comet tail actually DID pick up the spirits of the Heaven's Gate suicide cult. So don't fret, some doom & gloom fantasies actually DO come true.
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drpepperTX
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 12:12:35 PM

Devastating news to the "green" shills!
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Jeff4U
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 10:42:25 AM

Peak oil - about as real as global warming.
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snagged
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 1:50:47 AM

You never know.
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wz
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 1:44:16 AM

Extraction technology will continue to increase the amount of oil that comes from existing wells and fields (some of which were shut down or capped because it costs too much to extract the oil at $20/barrel). Some of the old wells are starting to open up again with oil in the $90-$100 range, and new technologies (like fracking) are turning known reserves into recoverable oil. These advances are likely to continue until they find a way to produce synthetic oil. Scientists produced a barrel of oil from live plants in about 20 minutes using extreme heat and pressure, but the energy required exceeded the energy contained in the oil.
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MrLefty0706
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 1:43:49 AM

I sure hope alternative energy will be making a huge impact before 2020.
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Trudat316
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 1:22:32 AM

Peak oil occurs when we can no longer export any of our own oil to China, but (sigh) sell it just to Americans.
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MAC48
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 12:59:04 AM

Peak oil will occur one day but not in our lifetimes. The Shell Oil engineer was 100% correct in his 1950s prediction of peak oil using the viable oil reserves and recovery technologies of the times when he made his prediction. New technology has revealed new viable oil reserves and new oil recovery technology has made oil formations such as shale formations that were know to exist and the reserves discovered since the 1950s such as deep sea recovery economically possible and practical.

[Edited by: MAC48 at 3/7/2013 1:04:54 AM EST]
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car253
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 11:32:21 PM

Everyone has an agenda.
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bwp9970
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 10:41:12 PM

Whatever
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A_NY_Outlaw
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 9:59:39 PM

It must turn the libbies stomachs that their beloved communist news network is painting a pretty picture for their arch enemy- big oil. Too bad that even with our output, we are STILL too dependent on foreign oil.
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drobbbb
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 9:08:37 PM

nobody knows the truth
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TomT2Lee
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 8:49:42 PM

There is enough hot gas in this article to out-shine the sun. The author seems to completely miss the main point of peak oil.
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NHLiveFree
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 8:39:55 PM


... and, of course, Mother Nature is cooking up a lot more crude underground somewhere?
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CityCouponer
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 8:31:25 PM

Really!?
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sillywagon
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 8:10:42 PM

It's the end of the world... um... ah... oh... eh... I guess... I'm... I'm sorry I guess I was wrong.
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louisakitty
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 7:38:01 PM

Interesting.
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Rossp86
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 7:19:15 PM

What a great article.
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nicven
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 7:17:07 PM

kkimes you are exactly right.
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montpelier28
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 7:06:16 PM

now it's everywhere
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SUNOIL
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 6:53:09 PM

Hard to guess what will happen.
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Pramodsharma
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 6:51:30 PM

Yeah and they were worried about how their children will take transportation LOL
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RAE344
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 5:30:57 PM

We will never achieve self-sufficiency in energy. The more we make, the more we will use.
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daytonabiker
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 5:23:33 PM

Mission is NOT accomplished
Nationalize the oil in Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia,
Oil companies in America
Leave Qatar alone
Then the mission will be accomplished
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tnfran
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 5:21:24 PM

Yes because they don't "know the Creator" of the universe and His provision for mankind.
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bwatchingu
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 5:15:43 PM

Peak oil-expert lies.Global Warming-more expert lies.
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bill294
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 5:15:41 PM

I think the doom- sayers and the eager optimists have us running around aimlessly without an national energy strategy
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OHMS
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 4:52:29 PM

"proof" like 'truth' remains flexible, eh?
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Zuegma
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 4:20:09 PM

The actual true recoverable reserves are indeed time/technology driven and subject to change.
Just wait till the current "Global Warming" mania becomes: egad, it's worse: it's "Global Cooling" (for the 20th time since the Pleistocene Era) -in a couple hundred years or less.
To quote a lesser known US author: "I shall not die of a cold. I shall die of having lived." -- W. Cather.



[Edited by: Zuegma at 3/6/2013 4:24:03 PM EST]
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turboz2012
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 4:04:48 PM

It was all to drive the price up.
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humblepie
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 3:45:45 PM

like global warming just a load of bovine excrement
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DABEE1073
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 3:45:24 PM

Drill Here. Drill Now. KEEP IT HERE!!!
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molebaby96
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 3:41:50 PM

Lower gas prices
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ErnieK9LO
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 3:02:36 PM

Keep the oil in the US where it belongs. Not in China
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FluffyDogAttack
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 3:02:13 PM

When does the Earth get ruined? That sounds so scary! But hey, it's something to look forward to.

*bet we couldn't ruin the earth if we tried. We'd be gone first. Earth will be here LONG after we're gone*
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kkimes
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 2:52:49 PM

The good news is that you can burn all the oil you want. The bad news is that doing so will ruin the earth and make the planet uninhabitable. So, be careful for what you wish for.
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doggod
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 2:50:25 PM

Actually, the history of that kind of thing goes back hundreds, if not thousands of years. Doomsayers in England predicted a return to cave dwelling because they were cutting down trees and burning them for fuel faster than new ones were growing. Then somebody discovered coal.

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Johnny907
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 2:39:58 PM

The sooner the better for the US
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Coco0828
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 2:32:13 PM

wow what an article. Just like you can't predict the date for the end of the world. It's in God's time.
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must87searcher
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 2:29:01 PM

This just goes to show that a number of theories can become wrong.
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gbs1
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 2:17:53 PM

Nice to see our reduced dependance on Middle East oil. As it turns out we have plenty of it in North America.
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fowlcan
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 2:01:59 PM

For now!
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FluffyDogAttack
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 2:01:01 PM

Maybe they should take a tip from the Global Warming crowd did when they re-branded their cause to "Climate Change". When you've got it wrong just change the name. Hmm.....Peak Oil can now be...hmmm....."Oil Change". Yep, we all need an Oil Change now and then.
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evowner
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 1:58:50 PM

If you find more oil at any cost or effort then peak oil could be delayed not avoided.
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TripleHs
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 1:50:46 PM

naive or malicious
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kchristie79
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 1:26:50 PM

This is why spectulation should not be allowed to control the price of gas. They should have to base it on facts.
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Grismer
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 1:16:14 PM

Regardless, oil and refined oil products will still not become any more affordable.
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mitt4prez
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 1:12:23 PM

Worse, no matter how many wooden stakes are pounded through this monster, the press will keep howling that we need more govt to save us from this woodenstaked monster.
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 1:11:13 PM

fear fear to get liberal agenda over on us. Easy huh?
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