Well, if we assume that OPEC just gives bogus numbers - and we ought to, if the word of another "moron" like energy expert Matthew Simmons (of VP Cheney's 2001 Energy Commission) is to be believed, then that leaves us with only a few other morons cited by Manzi. According to stories in both the NYT and the WSJ today about one of of his expert "morons" - the IEA - they are in the process of significantly revising their figures.
According to the Wall Street Journal,
The latest supply worries arose after reports Thursday that the International Energy Agency, based in Paris, was considering reducing its assessment of the long-term world supply of crude oil after a study of depletion rates at the world’s 400 biggest fields.
“Clearly this is the issue we have had for a while of an increased deficit in consumption versus production,” said John Kilduff, energy analyst at MF Global in New York. “That’s produced this creep up in the rise in oil prices. The market gets hit on a daily basis.”
The energy agency has long forecast a slow but steady increase in production that would keep pace with demand. Output was projected to reach 116 million barrels a day in 2030, from 87 million barrels a day now.
“We are conducting a major study,” Fatih Birol, the agency’s chief economist, said in an interview Thursday, “and we are going to revise our oil supply prospects.”
“We don’t know the results yet,” he added, which will be conducted “project by project and field by field.”
“But there are difficulties in expanding production,” he said, and the World Energy Outlook 2008 — which will be published in November — will take that into account. The I.E.A. has expressed concerns for some time that the growth of new supplies may not keep pace with demand as oil companies struggle to find new sources of oil.
So, in light of these concerns, I guess I might ask a similar question: "So, what if we thought we would reach peak now or very soon, would that change what we should do? How about 2005?" (that's the date that has been suggested by Kenneth Deffeyes, petroleum geologist and professor emeritus at Princeton University - I guess another moron).