How to deflate an argument
From the Anti War Blog, in a discussion that treaded carefully around the reality of peak oil, Sam Koritz received this response from an evidently well-credentialled reader:
Non-rehasher Tom Lowe writes:(my italics) Quite a supposition -- I can imagine the scenario unfolding thusly:
Regarding so-called Peak Oil, I can tell you exactly what's going on, and you can spread the word. I have a MS degree in petroleum engineering from UT-Austin and top international experience in upstream operations, in particular, well logging for Schlumberger, where profiles of newly-drilled wells are examined for hydrocarbon producibility.
I have not been asked to work for the past 18 years, since the price dipped down to $12/bbl in 1987. That means they have plenty of reserves. "Peak Oil" is nothing but a propaganda slogan designed to shill prices upward.
There is still a lot of relatively unexplored, potentially oil-producing terrain left on the planet. If there were any shortage of oil on this planet, you can rest assured: they would call me immediately.
I spend my days selling postcards on eBay.
BossOilMan: Quarterly profits look pretty good. Demand is strong while supply hasn't come down too much. What happens when people start shopping around?
OilConsultant: Well, we can always start to seriously look for oil again ...
BossOilMan: Yes ... I see. I'd imagine Mr. Lowe wouldn't want to risk his career in postcard collectibles to take another shot, would he?
OilConsultant: Oil's in his blood.
BossOilMan: OK, it's settled, let's get the "Lowedown"