Good Places to Start and Recommended Sites.

4 flags The Wolf at the Door Also called "A beginner's guide to peak oil." A large, complete and carefully done site—yet the work of a single individual who also happens to be a professional website designer. Highly recommended! It has even been translated into 4 languages!

The URL for this site was, until recently

But this URL has disappeared, which is unfortunate, because the search engines point to it. I found it at a new URL quite by accident.

aspo logo ASPO(Association for the Study of Peak Oil) Here is their description; "ASPO is a network of scientists and others, having an interest in determining the date and impact of the peak and decline of the world's production of oil and gas, due to resource constraints." An article is published every month and there is a large archive.

aspo germany Many countries have ASPO websites. This one is from Germany. The English part of it is very complete.

oildrum logo their words; "The Oil Drum's mission is to facilitate civil, evidence-based discussions about energy and its impact on our future." The Oil Drum is large and they have a sense of humor. The blogs are unmoderated and get a little out of hand at times.

In 1998 a magazine, Scientific American, published an article called The End of Cheap Oil coauthored by Colin J. Campbell and Jean H. LaHeréere. This article awakened many to the problem of oil depletion and peak oil. It is a classic and well worth reading. It may be old but it is good and you can read it here. Simmons Company International has a very large website with many useful resources. Go to "Simmons News" to read what Matthew Simmons said March 2003 when he testified before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. The Bush-Cheney team is aware of the issue of peak oil because international oil investment banker Matthew Simmons, who has written extensively and forcefully on oil and gas depletion issues, was an advisor to Vice President Cheney's Energy Task Force in 2001.

Specialized Sites  This site describes itself in this way; "Global Oil Watch is a premiere web portal providing breaking oil and gas news to energy industry professionals and analysts worldwide." The US Geological Survey is a government agency that publishes useful data at three year intervals at the World Petroleum Congress. USGS numbers for oil reserves can be startlingly different until you realize they have their own definitions.

Hubbert's Peak, The Impending World Oil Shortage is a book by Kenneth Deffeyes now in its 6th printing as of October 2003. Published in 2001 but now available as a revised and updated paperback edition. The "overview" is excellent. Department of Energy, Office of Transportation Technology, also a government agency.  King Hubbert Center for Petroleum Supply Studies is by and for "oilmen" (their term). The newsletters contain useful information about oil and gas in North America. Also information about Canadian oil and tar sands. Policy Pete Also called Petroleum Policy and Geopolitics. A large site covering many areas. Many useful links. Unfortunately, Pete has "quit the Biz." But the archives are still up and useful.

Special Report: The New Energy Crisis, Time Magazine, July 21, 2003. Available online here.