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Peakonomics: why the oil price slide is temporary

First published in Petroleum Review, July 2012.

Time was when the oil price slide of recent months would have been greeted with jubilation by everyone bar the oil companies and exporting countries. No longer.

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Will the real peak oil policy please stand up?

First published in Petroleum Review, September 2011.

There has been much excitement in the press recently about the last government’s attitude to peak oil. Documents released under Freedom of Information requests seem to show New Labour facing both ways: dismissing the issue in public, while privately worrying about its potential impacts. Far more relevant today is the attitude of the coalition, which is just as perplexing and equally dangerous.

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How do you solve a problem like jet fuel?

First published in Petroleum Review, May 2008.

Say what you like about Sir Richard Branson, but you cannot fault his willingness to suffer in the cause of a photo-opportunity.

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In praise of the United States Geological Survey

By David Strahan. Published in Geoscientist, and Petroleum Review, April 2007.

When it comes to estimating the scale of oil and gas resources, the United States Geological Survey has a reputation of coming up with some very large numbers.

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