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June 17, 2010


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The Oil Drum is not just a forum for petroleum geologists and oil professionals. It is the Internet's foremost home for peak oil doomsday speculations. The site pretty much runs on scaremongering.

That's not to say we shouldn't be scared. But we should take The Oil Drum with a grain of salt.


That Mother Jones article, and the Scienceblog post it relies on, are totally irresponsible journalism.

If I told you instead that the information "dougr" posted on The Oil Drum came from a "doomer" site called Godlike Productions, which specializes in fringe conspiracy theories and suchlike, would you give it the same credence?

Well, since neither Mother Jones's Julia Whitty nor Scienceblog's Sharon Astyk saw fit to do so, I will.

Here's a thread about it, which features the original author (do wander round there to get a flavour of the place!):


Hmm. Now that's interesting. I get a "This IP Is Banned" message if I click on the link I gave above. It works elsewhere. I can get it to work here if I copy and paste it into the browser bar.

Go figure, as they say ...


Hi again. Just because this and other scaremongering stories are getting some currency (the one Iain cited even got mentioned on MSNBC), I should like to point out that far from the Oil Drum agreeing with the post from "dougr", this fairly detailed rebuttal article has been posted there:


I'll also add this excerpt from Godlike Productions' site blurb, in case anyone feels I went heavy with the ad hominem in my earlier comment:

"This website exists for entertainment purposes only. The reader is responsible for discerning the validity, factuality or implications of information posted here, be it fictional or based on real events. Moderators on this forum make every effort to review the material posted on this site however, it is not realistically possible for our small staff to manually review each and every one of the more than 10,000 posts GodlikeProductions gets on a daily basis.

The content of post on this site, including but not limited to links to other web sites, are the expressed opinion of the original poster and are in no way representative of or endorsed by the owners or administration of this website. The posts on this website are the opinion of the specific author and are not statements of advice, opinion, or factual information on behalf of the owner or administration of GodlikeProductions. This site may contain adult content and if you feel you might be offended by such content, you should log off immediately.

Not all posts on this website are intended as truthful or factual assertion by their authors. Some users of this website are participating in internet role playing, with or without the use of an avatar. NO post on this website should be considered factual information on face value alone. Users are encouraged to USE DISCERNMENT and do their own follow up research while reading and posting on this website."

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