Thursday, June 28, 2007

Top IEA official: without Iraqi oil, we hit the wall in 2015

In a stunning interview for the French (reference) daily Le Monde, Fatih Birol, the chief economist of the International Energy Agency (i.e. the intergovernmental body created after the oil shocks of the 70s to coordinate the West's reaction to energy crises) effectively says that peak oil is just around the corner, and that without Iraqi oil, we'll be in deep trouble by 2015

The whole interview is amazingly frank and free of diplomatic obfuscation. He blasts biofuels ("not based on any kind of economic rationality"), he notes that Africa is suffering the most already from expensive oil, he points out that even a slowing of China's growth will not reduce oil demand, and he talks pretty explicitly about production peaks and depletion

Posted by Jerome a Paris in the European Tribune
Complete Le Monde version
HT: Jeffrey J. Brown, an independent petroleum geologist in Addison, Texas.
Posted in comments at the WSJ's Energy Roundup