The Peak Oil ConundrumThe Dec. 19, 2005, issue of OGJ ran two articles on peak oil. One covered a recent congressional hearing, and one was an Editorial by Bob Tippee. Tippee expressed what many in the industry often feel: “...the most constructive thing Congress can do in response may be nothing, absolutely nothing.”Having spent 15 years in the oil industry, I’m well aware of the almost universal desire to keep government as far out of the business as possible; it’s almost a matter of religion.However, when it comes to peak oil, the usual desire to keep the government at bay may not be in our collective interest. Geologists know that conventional oil production wi...

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