Top 10 Quotes from the 2011 ASPO-USA Peak Oil Conference

This past week I attended the 7th annual ASPO-USA Peak Oil conference in Washington DC.  All of the talks were very interesting, and I was happy to see that at least two members of our congress, Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA) and Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (R – MD), are aware of the peak oil challenge we face.  For me, the best part of the weekend was the time I spent between talks discussing peak oil investing with a number of people who whose entire investing strategy revolves around peak oil.
I tend to take a lot of notes and when I hear interesting quotes, I write them down verbatim.  So here are the top 10 interesting quotes from my note pad:
  • # 10) “Place a peak oil filter on top of your investment strategy” -Jim Hansen of Ravenna Capital Management
  • # 9) “No politician wants to admit that we have grown more than this planet can sustain” – William Catton
  • # 8) “I make my decisions based on information, but I’m unusual” -Chris Martenson on the public narrative problem with peak oil
  • # 7) “I’m a mac guy” -Robert Hirsch, author of the famous Hirsch Report, during some technical difficulties
  • # 6) “If they had to run on their own production, it would fall apart”- Robert Rapier describing the EROEI problem of corn ethanol
  • # 5) “We’re in a zero-sum world” -Jeff Rubin
  • # 4) “Soil is more important than oil”…”the date will come when we stop treating soil like dirt” -Wes Jackson
  • # 3) “I think the peak oil situation will come very quickly” -Charles Schlumberger, Lead Air Transport Specialist at The World Bank
  • # 2) “Since oil is a finite resource, the oil industry is a finite industry” -Andy Buckingham, an oil industry wildcatter
  • # 1) “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but rather the one most adaptable to change.” – Angelina Galiteva quoting Charles Darwin

Will Martin is an energy analyst and expert on peak oil and alternative currencies. He is an MBA graduate of Cornell University, where he was a Roy H. Park Leadership Fellow and concentrated on studying sustainability in business through the school’s Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise. Prior to his MBA, Will worked in the energy industry, living in Singapore, Houston and Dubai. Will is a recipient of the 2012 “Pioneer Award” from the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas (ASPO-USA). He currently works as a carbon trading commercial adviser in the San Francisco Bay Area. Will is a bitcoin enthusiast and in 2014 published the book “Anonymous Cryptocurrencies,” which became a #1 best seller in 3 Amazon categories and was the first book to be sold on a decentralized marketplace.

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