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Trends in Oil Supply and Demand Potential for Peaking of Conventional Oil Production, and Possible Mitigations Options (2006)

Recent events and analyses have suggested that global production of oil might peak some time within the next few years to the next one or two decades. Other analyses, however, conclude that oil supply can meet global demand for some decades to come and that oil production peaking is much farther off. To explore this issue, the NRC held a workshop, funded by the Department of Energy, bringing together analysts representing these different views. The workshop was divided into four main sessions: setting the stage; future global oil supply and demand balance; mitigation options and time for implementation; and potential follow-up activities. This report provides a summary of the workshop, including the key points, issues, and questions raised by the participants. It also identifies possible topics for follow-up studies. No consensus views, conclusions, or recommendations are presented.

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