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Change of face - change of phase
A Future?
Climate-Change – Change of Climate
Oil-Around 2013
Finally there: The Campbell’s Atlas of Oil & Gas Depletion
New time arising
Ein heisser Herbst? (A hot Autumn?)
Where is this going? – 3
Where is this going? -2
Where is this going?
Is it important?
A Moment of Truth at Passing
The Iran Hoax
The 2012 Adventure
Solstice Greetings
Taking on the future
A new beginning
Twist and Turn
Shale-gas: just a gas?
Little miracles, big wonders
Unconventional gas
To Peak or not to Peak, is that the question?
Going on ...
Time for change
Economy; What Economy?
Media Noise Windfall Profit
The Winds of Change
Signs of the future?
Reality and Hope
Best Wishes
What goes around, comes around
A throughout, integrated view
Signs of change?
P.P.P. versus Need
Working for climate-change?
Good signs
Contradicting signals
All over again? The difference between perception and reality.
The paradigm, the mind-set and reality
Two minds
Positive inclination
Different values?
The long view
Leaping to the future
New signs of hope?
A message of hope?
Some good news anywhere?
A project gone awry?
Traces of light
Driving the markets II
Driving the markets
Meeting reality
Silence for the storm?
The times are changing
The Theatre
Some Questions, no answers
Ocean carbon sinks and returns
The good news, the bad and the ugly
A President speaks the truth!
Green masks
Saving us with or from bio-fuels?
The good news
Driving the oil-price?
A new dilemma?
Kenya: a new oil-frontier?
Forecasting a trend?
Some early signs for 2008
2007; A year to remember
The good news
A bit of a shock II
Fraud alert - bogus job ads
A bit of a shock
A simple but far-reaching idea
Hype, Realism, Convergence
A touch of globality
Climate change and changing the climate
Refineries, Biofuels and internal demand
Figures, figures & figures
Pipelines, Biofuels & Reserves
Expectation, projections, contradictions.
A box of Pandora?
Changing systems
A dynamical environment
Projections and reality
Changing reality
A different reality II
A different reality
PPP: Prices, poverty and politics
A whirling 2007
The year of shifting balances
One world, two systems?
Oil and development?
The year 2065?
Mixed signals II
Mixed signals
A War on hold?
No Comment
Changing balances
Truth or Deception?
A fresh overview
Bigger picture first
National Interests vs. Shareholders Value
'The Dialogue'
Do we actually need to worry?

A different reality


This issue carries some surprises and opens the question in what reality we sometimes live.

The first projected reality concerns the expected future demand of oil and energy that is being talked about as if it is a matter-of-fact: 120 mm bpd in 2020 or as Mr. Solana said recently: “World energy consumption is set to increase by well over 50 % over the next 25 years”.

Is that so?

One article in this update tells that for the first time in 20 years the OECD, consisting of 30 developed countries and accounting for 60 % of global oil demand of 85 mm bpd, has used 0,6 % less oil in 2006 than in the year before.
Another article states that US oil demand declined in 2006 with 1.1 %
And in the Asia-section it can be read that the growth of energy need of China had gone from double digit to a mere 6.5 % last year.

It seems that, helped by the weather and the changing climate, a rapid diminishment of growth of demand is taking place. With the developments of alternatives, renewables and increased efficiency it seems that the growth in demand, even including Asia, may, by far, not be in the order as has been projected.

This would also lead to the question of the real need for the multitude of major energy projects that are being planned at the moment, anticipating an antiquated need-profile.

In the news and articles around the Iraqi Draft Oil Law, which is being presented at the moment, difference in what is reality seems to be the most important issue. What is reality when one of the most important laws for a country is made in another country to serve its needs and subsequently is being seen as a sell-out?

The third reality is a perceived reality which turns out different and is a surprise:
In the article” Privatization is key to Iran”s development” it can be read that the
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei issued a decree to privatize state industries by amending Article 44 of the Constitution, which had banned private ownership of state institutions.

Talking about changing realities.

Life can be full of surprises.


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