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Interesting, but little more, June 29 2002
Hubbert's Peak by Deffeyes is an interesting book on petroleum geology and exploration. Unfortunately, the title of the book was on the impending oil shortage. After several chapters on petroleum geology Deffeyes finally discussing the supposed main topic of the book almost as an afterthought. There were numerous factual errors in the book that diminish the author's credibility. For example, hydrocarbon generation can only be explained by decomposition energies in the range of 14kcal/mole. This is nonsensical and reflects literature references from the 1970's that were shortly thereafter proven incorrect. In addition citing an activation energy without the corresponding Arrhenius constant makes the value entirely nonsensical. Please remember that it is a rate equation. Also Shell has a lot of produced hydrocarbons from source rocks with less than 8% TOC, which Deffeyes cites as their supposed minimum organic richness; I imagine the ExxonMobil crowd enjoyed the inaccuracy of these statements since Deffeyes since many of his "facts" were laughable. If this book had been reviewed for publication in a scientific journal, most of the "facts" cited would have not gotten by reviewers and as a paper would have been subjected to a complete rewrite. This book should have been reviewed by someone with technical competence prior to publication. Retitle the book, please, to reflect the actual content. I gave the book to a lay person so they could understand a bit about the oil business (told them to ignore my written comments by many of the "facts").