Good point you make about peak oil being about more than just absolute volume. But when we speak about demand, I think we also need to speak about demand destruction. At some point, when prices get too high, businesses and other consumers simply can’t afford it anymore and consume less.
Thanks for those links. I never got a chance to chime in on the whole Oil Drum thing though as I think my five-year Internet hiatus overlapped with its heyday. On top of that, I think the first time I ever went to the site was upon the announcement of its termination. When it comes to peak oil, I’ve pretty much been confined to books, and only for the past year or so have I started perusing the peak oil blogs a little bit.
To be honest I don’t place much interest on predictions. From what I’m hearing and reading, while the peak was reached for conventional supplies some ten years or so ago, we’re getting pretty close to the peak of overall supplies (conventional plus unconventional). In fact, oilprice.com just put up an article the other day called EIA Confirms: Oil Production Peaked, which says that supplies of US oil peaked back in April (call it a second, smaller peak though, in comparison to the US’ 1970 peak). That being said, check out the first line: “U.S. oil production has peaked…at least for now.” So really, predictions are to a certain degree baseless, and as many say, we won’t really know for sure until we can see it in the rear view mirror. On top of that, cherry picking a few articles which may have turned out to be incorrect seems to miss the bigger picture here. Oil will peak, and it may very well be soon.
Nonetheless, I do follow Ron Patterson’s site Peak Oil Barrel, and from what he gathers, it seems we’re getting pretty close.
Which website are you talking about Johnny being blocked from, because he’s not being blocked from this one. I’ll digress.
Due to spam, posts with links require my approval as set by the spam filter. That being said, I’ve tried streamlining things a bit and started clicking the “spam” button on those spam comments so that they automatically get lopped off in the future. Having been doing that for a while, just a few minutes ago I deactivated the link-flagger as I think the spam filter should now catch enough of the junk. For future reference, just be sure to not start linking to sites selling Gucci bags or Viagra pills and all should be good.
That all being said, I’ve noticed that this open-source commenting script I use lists the dates that spam was filtered out, but it doesn’t display their content or the names of who posted them. I dislike that because I can’t verify whether or not blocked messages are actually spam or not. On top of that, a couple of messages have recently been blocked with the notification that they come from a source that had “No security key” (I’m not sure what that means exactly), and again, although the dates are given, the content, title, etc. of the comments are not. Annoying. I’ll see what I can do on my end.
Regardless, supposing those “No security key” instances were Johnny (which I’m guessing were not), perhaps you can ask him if he was trying to access the site through some proxy or something. Just a guess. That being said, once a commenter has had a comment with a link approved, all their following comments (with links) go through pre-approved (on the condition that they use the same email address as previous, I believe). Regardless, if Johnny is having problems, you can tell him to contact me through the email address down at the bottom of this screen.
Having said all that, Johnny is the only one who has ever been blocked before, which occurred in a comment he made which just happened to be the first time he left a link and so required approval. His comment? Congratulating me for not putting a bullet in my head. He’s apparently smartened up since and has yet to behave so callously again.