Shuck and Jive

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Peak Oil and Peak Beer

It is time for your midnight movie. This is a lecture given by geologist Colin Campbell, the founder of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas.

This presentation is called The End of the First Half of the Age of Oil. It is very good. I enjoy listening to him. I like scientists, especially when they use beer examples:

Depletion is Easy to Grasp
As every beer drinker knows
--the glass starts full, and ends empty
--the quicker you drink it, the sooner it is gone

The next time a politician tells you that we need to drill for oil farther off shore or in other exotic hard to reach places and extract the oil as soon as possible to solve our energy needs...

...just think about beer.

Here is a paper he wrote on the topic, Peak Oil: An Outlook on Crude Oil Depletion.

The best documentary I have seen on Peak Oil is

A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash

"We're running out and we don't have a plan."

(This is an excellent film by the way for a church study group, for college students, or for family fun night.)

Colin Campbell is featured in this film. You can watch the raw footage of his interview here. Watch the film itself on Google Video.

And now...your feature presentation...


  1. You mean we're going to run out of beer!!!!????? But beer is proof that there is a God, that (s)he loves us and wants us to be happy!

  2. I know...

    Peak Oil? Meh.

    But Peak BEER!?!?!

    Now that's apocalyptic!