U.S. Military: Peak Oil between 2012 and 2015

October 28, 2010 • Daily Email Recap

During October 7-9, I attended the International Peak Oil Conference of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil & Gas (ASPO). I expected that the presentations would be depressing, but they exceeded my expectations. One of the speakers was Rear Admiral Lawrence Rice, Director of Strategy and Policy, U.S. Joint Forces Command. He confirmed that the military expects declining oil production starting between 2012 and 2015, with blackouts and civil unrest around much of the globe as a result. From the Chronicle of Higher Education article below, you can link to a recent military report, “Fueling the Future Force.” Below is an earlier article on the Joint Operating Environment report of the U.S. military regarding peak oil. The Joint Operating Environment report can be linked to at http://www.peakoil.net/files/JOE2010.pdf

If the Military Is Planning for a Fossil-Fuel Crisis, So Should Colleges

A news item this week caused a stir among people who pay attention to energy issues. But did any college administrators take notice?

Granted, the item on its surface had little to do with higher education: The U.S. military is increasingly nervous about its dependence on fossil fuels, reports The New York Times. That dependence presents some vulnerabilities in distant war zones, the Times reported:

Fossil fuel accounts for 30 to 80 percent of the load in convoys into Afghanistan, bringing costs as well as risk. While the military buys gas for just over $1 a gallon, getting that gallon to some forward operating bases costs $400.

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US military warns oil output may dip causing massive shortages by 2015

The US military has warned that surplus oil production capacity could disappear within two years and there could be serious shortages by 2015 with a significant economic and political impact.

The energy crisis outlined in a Joint Operating Environment report from the US Joint Forces Command, comes as the price of petrol in Britain reaches record levels and the cost of crude is predicted to soon top $100 a barrel.

“By 2012, surplus oil production capacity could entirely disappear, and as early as 2015, the shortfall in output could reach nearly 10 million barrels per day,” says the report, which has a foreword by a senior commander, General James N Mattis.

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