Tom Whipple

Fellow, Peak Oil


Tom Whipple is one of the most highly respected analysts of peak oil issues in the United States. A retired 30-year CIA analyst who has been following the peak oil story since 1999, Tom is the editor of the daily Peak Oil News and the weekly Peak Oil Review, both published by the Association for the Study of Peak Oil-USA. He is also a weekly columnist on peak oil issues for the Falls Church News Press. Tom has degrees from Rice University and the London School of Economics.


Peak Oil: Tom Whipple from ASPO USA

length: 23:51   credit: tsccom   Jan 03, 2013

Tom Whipple of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas (ASPO) discusses global oil production and peak oil. Peak Oil is explained as the all-time maximum rate at which the world's oil is being produced.

This presentation was given at the 2012 Social Contract Writers Workshop in Washington, DC.


The possibilities and consequences of large-scale oil cutoffs

length: 23:15   credit: Equal Time Radiodownload   Mar 08, 2011

Post Carbon Fellow Tom Whipple writes the weekly Peak Oil Review, and his latest edition says, "Collapse would not be too strong a term to apply to the global economy should Saudi oil production of 9 million b/d be halted or severely restricted by domestic unrest." We talk to him about what he sees that indicates Saudi production may become shut in, and why that's so important. Note: the Tom Whipple interview starts at 29:23 mins.

Latest Publications

The Peak Oil Crisis: Our Harsh Winter Continues

Tom Whipple    Mar 20, 2014   

Two weeks ago we discussed the impact that the polar vortex was having on our natural gas supplies and noted that our stocks of natural gas were already 500 billion cubic feet below where they should be for this time of year. … >>

The Peak Oil Crisis: It‘s All Around Us

Tom Whipple    Sep 18, 2014   

Ten years ago peak oil was assumed to be a rather straightforward, transparent process. What was then thought of as “oil” production was going to stop growing around the middle of the last decade. Shortages were … >>

ENERGY: Peak Oil and the Great Recession

Tom Whipple    May 26, 2011   

EXCERPT: The year 2008 will be remembered as a major turning point in industrial history, for it was the first year when the world got a taste of the unpredictable price spikes that come from inadequate oil … >>

The Post Carbon Reader

Tom Whipple

How do population, water, energy, food, and climate issues impact one another? What can we do to address one problem without making the others worse? The Post Carbon Reader features essays by some of the world’s most … >>

press coverage

Whipple interviewed in Washington Post

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Post Carbon Fellow Tom Whipple was interviewed for this article in the Washington Post. From the article: Tom Whipple remembers 1996 as “the year everybody went online.” It was also the year that his Arlington … >>