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A Critical Examination of Matt Simmonsí Claims on the Deepwater Spill (Who is Matt Simmons)
The Oil Drum ^ | July29,2010 | Robert Rapier

Posted on 07/29/2010 6:53:23 AM PDT by Hojczyk

Matt Simmons, author of Twilight in the Desert, has long been one of the most famous and influential voices on the subject of peak oil. After the release of his book, Simmons rose to fame as Saudi Arabian oil production declined and global oil prices skyrocketed.

However, Simmons has lately been making hyperbolic claims related to the deepwater spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Based on the scenarios Simmons has outlined, he argues for responses such as using a nuclear explosion to seal the well and evacuating 20 million people from the Gulf Coast. Extraordinary responses such as these would impact a great many people, so The Oil Drum staff felt that a critical look at some of Simmons’ claims was in order.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bp; deephorz; deepwaterhorizon; energy; offshore; oil; oilspill

1 posted on 07/29/2010 6:53:24 AM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk

He is also a nut case proven wrong every time.

His 15 minutes of fame are long over.


2 posted on 07/29/2010 7:06:22 AM PDT by edcoil (There has got to be a better way.)
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To: Hojczyk

And this is the guy banging the drum so loudly on “peak oil.”

I HATE Gov’t political and Media hype - Mad Cow, Global Warming, H1N1, Toyota, and BP Spill is just the latest. Anyone who feeds into it or tries to gain from it is public enemy #1. I don’t know enough about Simmons, but he may reach that level soon.


3 posted on 07/29/2010 7:10:26 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: Hojczyk

I think Matt Simmons had some good experience, and knowledge in the oil industry. I think he had some valid concerns about things getting out of control. Right now we ‘hope’ the well holds until it’s plugged properly.

HOWEVER, I think that Matt Simmons got quickly addicted to the publicity and attention, and now is forced to keep coming up with new ‘scares’, or his 15 minutes of fame will be over.

That is my impression, anyway.


4 posted on 07/29/2010 7:10:43 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The Last Boy Scout)
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To: Hojczyk

TOD can be interesting to read, but is jam packed with peak oil nutburger pessimists and dystopian enviros.

Simmons has been a hero to them in the past. They are not to be taken seriously because their peak oil agenda makes them believe in all kinds of conspiracies.


5 posted on 07/29/2010 7:13:49 AM PDT by ecomcon
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To: Hojczyk
...Simmons rose to fame as Saudi Arabian oil production declined...

It is my understanding that the Saudis have purposely cut back on oil production in order to preserve supplies for their future generations. I'll try to find a link for that.

6 posted on 07/29/2010 8:08:42 AM PDT by FReepaholic (The problem is they do not fear us.)
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To: FReepaholic
Ok, here's what I had read about Saudi oil:

Saudi King says keeping some oil finds for future

So it was for new oil fields, not cutting back on production as I thought.

Nevermind.

7 posted on 07/29/2010 8:12:15 AM PDT by FReepaholic (The problem is they do not fear us.)
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To: edcoil; Hojczyk; Sub-Driver; BOBTHENAILER; SunkenCiv; Marine_Uncle; onyx; NormsRevenge; ...
Well....from the TOD :

mos6507 on July 29, 2010 - 11:50am

Matt Simmons' days as a peak oil prophet were over after he predicted $200-300 oil in 2008 which was soon followed by oil prices tanking. If that wasn't enough, he made another prediction that "rust" in oil infrastructure would cause another superspike in less than two years. It didn't. Then he latches onto the BP disaster. Three strikes and you're out. Simmons has about as much relevance as Mel Gibson.

8 posted on 07/29/2010 9:26:33 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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Just posted this...seems they are going for the topkill now called the static kill...first...strange:

Key step to kill Gulf gusher may happen sooner ( Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill )

9 posted on 07/29/2010 1:32:27 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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