I was an invited speaker at the “7th Biennial International Workshop ‘Advances in Energy Studies,’” in Barcelona, Spain in October 2010. Afterward, I wrote a peer-reviewed academic paper related to my talk called, “Oil Supply Limits and the Continuing Financial Crisis.” It now has been published in the January issue of Energy. It is available free at this link (probably temporarily). The rest of the articles are also available free. A complete listing of articles in the January issue can be found here. Downloading the article from that list is an alternate approach, if you cannot get the direct link to work.
My article abstract is as follows:
Since 2005, (1) world oil supply has not increased, and (2) the world has undergone its most severe economic crisis since the Depression. In this paper, logical arguments and direct evidence are presented suggesting that a reduction in oil supply can be expected to reduce the ability of economies to use debt for leverage. The expected impact of reduced oil supply combined with this reduced leverage is similar to the actual impact of the 2008–2009 recession in OECD countries. If world oil supply should continue to remain generally flat, there appears to be a significant possibility that oil consumption in OECD countries will continue to decline, as emerging markets consume a greater share of the total oil that is available. If this should happen, based on these findings we can expect a continuing financial crisis similar to the 2008–2009 recession including significant debt defaults. The financial crisis may eventually worsen, to resemble a collapse situation as described by Joseph Tainter in The Collapse of Complex Societies (1990) or an adverse decline situation similar to adverse scenarios foreseen by Donella Meadows in Limits to Growth (1972).
I was in Barcelona for an entire week, for the conference and for a related meeting with high school students. The meeting with high school students was in a large auditorium. Students were asked to submit questions in advance relating to oil limits and possible ways to deal with them. There was also time for some impromptu questions.