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    The recent 2007 Houston World Oil Conference (not to be confused with a World Oil conference) had some interesting presentations. World Oil was a media sponsor for the event, which was a production of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil (ASPO). Regrettably, there were no ardent anti-Peakers, which I had hoped for, so it came close to being a mutual admiration society. For example, no one delineated the dismal history of peak predictions. The audience probably would have ignore it, but it might have helped inform the press, which was there in force. Consultant Richard Nehring had to fill the unenviable role of being the lone moderate presenter, with his charts showing the full range of uncertainty as to when a peak might occur. In short, his charts (actually, an AAPG committee that he chaired) showed a 20 to 30 year plateau in oil production beginning by 2020 to 2040.

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