Key oil figures were distorted by US pressure, says whistleblower
Exclusive: Watchdog’s estimates of reserves inflated says top official
guardian.co.uk, Monday 9 November 2009 21.30 GMT
The world is much closer to running out of oil than official estimates admit, according to a whistleblower at the International Energy Agency who claims it has been deliberately underplaying a looming shortage for fear of triggering panic buying.
The senior official claims the US has played an influential role in encouraging the watchdog to underplay the rate of decline from existing oil fields while overplaying the chances of finding new reserves.
The allegations raise serious questions about the accuracy of the organisation’s latest World Energy Outlook on oil demand and supply to be published tomorrow – which is used by the British and many other governments to help guide their wider energy and climate change policies.
In particular they question the prediction in the last World Economic Outlook, believed to be repeated again this year, that oil production can be raised from its current level of 83m barrels a day to 105m barrels. External critics have frequently argued that this cannot be substantiated by firm evidence and say the world has already passed its peak in oil production.
Nov 10 2009
May 23 2008
The national average is over $3.83. This is $4.00. And there’s a nearby station that is at $4.089.
Earlier this week my fuel oil tank needed a refill. Retail price? $4.399/gallon.
A friend who buys bulk diesel fuel told me he last paid $5.069/gallon.
Are you better off now than you were 8 years ago?