Horse dung up to our ears  

Posted by Big Gav

The Herald's WebDiary has a cornucopian follow up post to their earlier peak oil article called Horse dung up to our ears. It is yet another example of what Colin Campbell calls "flat earth economics" - the author (an ex Shell PR man) spouts all the usual arguments about when you start running out of a resource another one will magically appear to take its place or technology will magically increase in efficiency to provide expanding quantities of energy from a dwindling supply base. His argument seems to revolve around horse dung in London once being a problem but that no longer being the case - ipso facto - peak oil isn't a problem.

As commenter Darren Urquhart said:

We were somewhere around Byron on the edge of the beach when the exhuast vapours began to take hold. I remember saying something like “we’re out of oil, we’re gonna crash”. And suddenly there was a terrible roar all around and a voice screaming “Horse shit! Science will protect you.”

Local abiotic oil nut Louis Hissink makes a brief appearance to say even technology isn't relevant - oil supply is infinite (to which one poster quoted a Rockefeller - "If the earth was made of oil, the supply of it would be finite").

3 comments

I didn't know that about Hissink. I thought he was strictly an anti-global warming, foe-of-Tim Lambert nutcase.

If you can read through the mass of comments on both of the webdiary peak oil articles you'll see him piping up about abiotic oil both times.

But his anti-global warming rants are where he spends most of his time - both on Tim Lambert's blog (where he's just a laughingstock) and, unfortunately, as the "science" columnist on the HenryThornton site, which lends him undeserved credibility as its run by an Reserve Bank guy who is taken seriously.

If Louis has his way and finds limitless oil reserves down there in the mantle, his head will explode as he finds out what this will do to global warming.

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