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Comments by Jean Laherrère on “Squeezing More Oil From The Ground”, Scientific American

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In the March 1998 issue of Scientific American Colin Campbell and Jean Laherrère published the classic article “The End of Cheap Oil”. That article became the starting point for the debate that has subsequently developed around a future peak of oil production. During the autumn of 2000, there were several people who inspired Colin Campbell to take the lead in the debate and who assisted in the production of the first issue of his famous newsletter that began in January 2001.

We initial few were also privileged to participate in Colin Campbell’s network that he named ASPO, The Association for the Study of Peak Oil. The expression, “Peak Oil” was coined and, in May 2002, ASPO was formally established at a meeting in Uppsala, Sweden. The rest is history.

In the October 2009 issue of Scientific American, there is an article by Leonardo Maugeri with the title “Squeezing More Oil From The Ground.”

The Journal announced that the article was in preparation in April. At that time they wrote, “Your feedback will be considered by the writer and editors as they complete the final draft of this article, which will appear in an upcoming edition of Scientific American 
magazine.”

Leonardo Maugeri’s article criticizes the 1998 article that Colin and Jean wrote. Jean has now carefully analyzed Maugeri’s article, and Colin has approved Jean’s comments. You can read Jean’s comments here.

Kjell Aleklett is Professor of Physics at Uppsala University in Sweden where he leads the Uppsala Global Energy Systems Group (UGES).

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