Middle Miocene Volcanism, Carbon Dioxide and Climate Change

Guest geology lesson by David Middleton What’s wrong with the following paragraph? In Late Jurassic-Early Cretaceous times, Gondwana was split apart, and as rift volcanism and sea-floor spreading developed, ocean temperatures rose and ocean waters were enriched with nutrient elements from volcanic outpourings (along mid-ocean ridges and continental margins or island arcs). Oxygen-isotope analyses of…

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Prediction: Iran Sanctions To Trigger $120/bbl Oil! Or Not.

Guest Yogi Berra impression by David Middleton Last month, Dr. Phillip Verleger, a professional prediction maker, predicted a crash in U.S. crude oil production in 2020. My response was: Certainly if prices drop below $50/bbl for a prolonged period of time, Dr. Verleger’s prediction of a decline in US crude oil production will very likely…

Abiotic Oil: Real(ish)Things That Don’t Matter, Part Deux

Guest Seinfeld routine by David Middleton In part one of this series, we looked at Peak Oil and its irrelevance to energy production. In Part Deux, we will look at “abiotic oil,” a real(ish) thing that really doesn’t matter outside of academic discussions and SyFy blogs. A note on terminology Some refer to this as…

Peak Ghawar: A Peak Oiler’s Nightmare

Alternate title: No… “The biggest Saudi oil field is [NOT] fading faster than anyone guessed”… Part Trois: Why Peak Oil Is Irrelevant and the Perpetually Refilling Abiotic Oil Field Is Abject Nonsense Guest reservoir geology by David Middleton Saudi Aramco’s recent bond prospectus has generated a lot of media buzz, particularly regarding the production from…