Comments by Jean Laherrère on “Squeezing More Oil From The Ground”, Scientific American

Posted on October 5, 2009

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Introductory remarks by Kjell Aleklett

In the March 1998 issue of Scientific American Colin Campbell and Jean Laherrère published the classic article “The End of Cheap Oil”. That article became the starting point for the debate that has subsequently developed around a future peak of oil production. During the autumn of 2000 there were several people who inspired Colin Campbell to take a lead in the debate and who assisted in the production of the first issue of his famous newsletter that began in January 2001.

We initial few were also privileged to participate in Colin Campbell’s network that he named ASPO, The Association for the Study of Peak Oil. The expression, “Peak Oil” was coined and, in May 2002, ASPO was formally established at a meeting in Uppsala, Sweden. The rest is history.

In the October 2009 issue of Scientific American there is an article by Leonard Maugen with the title “Squeezing More Oil From The Ground”.



The journal announced that the article was in preparation already in April (see SA). At that time they wrote, “Your feedback will be considered by the writer and editors as they complete the final draft of this article, which will appear in an upcoming edition of Scientific American 
magazine.”

The article is now published but is not accessible on the net without a financial contribution. Leonard Maugen’s article criticizes the 1998 article that Colin and Jean wrote. Jean has now carefully analysed Maugen’s article and Colin has approved Jean’s comments. You can read Jean’s comments on ASPO’s homepage.

(Swedish)

I marsnumret 1998 av Scientific American skrev Colin Campbell och Jean Laherrère den klassiska artikeln ”The end of Cheap Oil”. Artikeln blev startpunkten till den debatt som sedan dess pågått om en framtida maximal oljeproduktion. Under hösten 2000 var det flera som inspirerat Colin Campbell att ta tag i debatten och hans berömda nyhetsbrev började i januari 2001. Vi några stycken fick förmånen att ingå i Colin Campbells nätverk som han kallade för ASPO, The Association for the Study of Peak Oil. Uttrycket Peak Oil var myntat och i maj 2002 formaliserades ASPO vid ett möte i Uppsala. Resten är historia.

I oktobernumret 2009 av Scientific American finns en artikel av Leonard Maugen med rubriken ”Squeezing More Oil from the Ground”.

Redan I april annonserade tidskriften att artikeln var på gång och man skriver: “Your feedback will be considered by the writer and editors as they complete the final draft of this article, which will appear in an upcoming edition of Scientific American magazine.”

Artikeln finns nu publicerad, men inte tillgänglig på nätet utan en finansiell insats. Den artikel som Colin och Jean skriv 1998 kritiseras och Jean har nu noggrant analyserat artikeln av Leonard Maugen och Collin har gett sitt gillande till kommentarerna. Ni kan läsa kommentarerna på ASPO:s hemsida.

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