In November last year I highlighted the fact that the IEA’s latest World Energy Outlook was already talking about peak oil in the past. By their estimate, conventional oil production peaked in 2006. It didn’t make the news, which surprised me, and the International Energy Agency did not elaborate.
So I was pleased to see this Australian investigation, where IEA’s Fatih Birol reiterates the 2006 figure. Remarkably, he says it would have been better if governments had started preparing for peak oil ten years ago. That’s a little rich. If governments haven’t acted, it’s due in large part to the IEA’s repeated denial that there is any such thing as peak oil.
PS. Strangely enough, I may be in this documentary myself, albeit the back of my head. Some of the footage is from a press conference that I attended last year at the Royal Society.